A woman involved in the protests against the Dale Farm traveller evictions has won a cash sum of £15,000 from Essex Police after filing a police complaint followed by a civil compensation claim. Ellen Yianni was assisting medics on the day of the traveller evictions when she witnessed violence from riot police.
When Ms Yianni climbed scaffolding to escape the scuffle, it is claimed she was pulled down by two officers who subsequently hit the back of her knees with a shield to prevent her from getting back on her feet. Ms Yianni then claims that she was arrested because she was wearing a scarf due to cold weather and was then held for several hours in police custody without food, water or her prescription medication for depression. The claimant’s details, such as her name, age and address, were shown on the Essex Police website which caused Ms Yianni significant distress due to threats made against her. The arresting officers claimed that they were of the opinion Ms Yianni was using her scarf to conceal her identity but this was dismissed.
Conflicting statements from the two officers were taken into account and Ms Yianni was able to make her police assault compensation claim on the grounds that she was ill-treated and wrongfully arrested. She also suffered exacerbated ill health due to the incident, subsequent court hearing and threats received online. Although Essex Police did not admit liability they did settle and paid the cash sum to Ms Yianni.
Making a police assault compensation claim
Police mistreatment may be a result of an officer who is overly emotional, overworked or it may just be because of poor judgement. Human error does occur which can result in a situation similar to Ms Yianni’s. Although the police are there to protect us, in some rare cases, they may wrongfully arrest someone or they may hurt someone during their arrest. This person may be completely innocent and blameless. If you feel that you have been wrongfully arrested or mistreated in any way by the police or by any authority figure, you may be able to make a compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline can help
Our business is about helping victims of injury or mistreatment to claim the compensation they deserve. This compensation can help you cope during a difficult time of stress or can help you cope if you have lost wages due to time off work after the incident. Our helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and is free to call. We offer no-obligation advice and our no win, no fee* policy means you won’t be out of pocket.
Source: BBC News
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown