Ivan Martin, a 54-year-old former security guard, has received £26,500 in compensation for being Tasered after he was wrongly arrested at his home on 22nd February 2011. Three police officers arrived at his house and accused him of a criminal damage offence. Mr Martin told the officers he believed his 21-year-old son may be to blame. As he stepped back into his house he was Tasered from behind and fell to the floor where he was handcuffed.
Mr Martin was then taken to Steelhouse Lane Police Station and informed he had been arrested as he had assaulted two police officers and obstructed police duties. After 17 hours, he was released without charge and then sued West Midlands Police for assault and false imprisonment. The jury concluded Mr Martin had received no warning before the Taser was fired and he was awarded £26,500 compensation for being Tasered, which included £8,250 exemplary charges. The complaint of assault and false imprisonment was investigated by the force’s Professional Standards Department and upheld – an officer received management action.
Have you been injured by the police?
We rely on the police to protect us from crime, but what about if you are falsely arrested, assaulted or imprisoned by the police? If this has happened to you, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Each situation is unique, so you’ll need to work with a personal injury lawyer to explore your options, but if there is evidence of assault or wrongful imprisonment, you could be compensated. Make sure you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, as there’s usually a three year time limit in place for claims of this nature.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown