Gwent Police Adopt ‘Baboonian Tactics’ in Arresting ‘Dangerous’ 70 Year-Old Pensioner With a Heart Disease.

Rumours of it’s death have been greatly exaggerated as it seems that the ‘Rodney King’ effect is alive and well and working in Gwent as this video clip will show.

In it the police officers from Gwent smash their way into the car of Mr Whatley, a 70 year-old man (who has a heart condition and who is also recovering from a stroke) after an 8 mile chase because he was not wearing a seat-belt.

The video captured the officer hitting the side window 15 times before it smashed. It also shows another officer climbing onto the bonnet, then Mr Whatley being dragged out of his vehicle.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation.

You can view the video at:

Deputy Chief Constable Carmel Napier said: “We expect the highest professional standards of its police officers and staff at all times and we can assure Mr Whatley and the public that this matter will be thoroughly investigated.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation, but if their current track record is anything to go on, it will probably be treated in the same manner in which it investigated the tragic death of Ian Tomlinson who was struck and pushed over by a police officer during the G20 protest in April 2009.

Oh, Gwent police have also asked me to express their thanks to the Babbon Training Wing of Longleat Safari Park for the effective use of the window smashing and bonnet standing technique which was so effectively used in this arrest.


I am the Director and National Coach Tutor of NFPS Ltd., a specialist provider of Conflict Risk Management Consultancy and Training with specific expertise in Physical Restraint, Breakaway and Self-Defence. In addition to providing training, advice, consultancy and guidance on the physiological aspects mentioned above, we also provide training in NLP, Hypnosis and Meditation as these skills combined provide a holistic way to improve our psychology. By helping people improve both, their physiology and their psychology, we provide a complete and holistic approach to training and development.

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3 comments on “Gwent Police Adopt ‘Baboonian Tactics’ in Arresting ‘Dangerous’ 70 Year-Old Pensioner With a Heart Disease.
  1. Steve England says:

    I have to totally agree with Rich, the acts of the officer were totally disproportionate and unjustified. This was hardly a ‘highspeed pursuit’, in fact, the ‘pensioner’ was going below the national average speed limit as far I could perceive. He did not drive in a manner dangerous to the public, he simply had a misconception in thought and that is highly common in ‘pensioners’ and the Officers actions may have resulted in the death of the ‘pensioner’ by their actions alone, especially the way they ‘dragged’him out of the vehicle. It’s the pity the camera didn’t have a movement sensor on it; I wonder how the ‘pensioner’ was treated out of lens view.

    There isalso a statement that the ‘Officer’ approached the vehicle from the passenger side.. I have never know any Police Officer or even seen any Police Officer approach a vehicle away from the driver, so if the allegation is correct then that is bad policing in my opinion. How many of us as drivers .. apart from Advanced such as myself, actually look out of the passenger side when leaving a parking space or take off from a stopped position on a road in the direction of ongoing traffic or even turning left into the flow of traffic.. I would say very few, so if that ‘officer’ was Traffic Police, he should’ve known better.

  2. markdawes says:

    The story has now made the BBC News – go to:


  3. Rich Diston says:

    Shocking. This is a totally disproportionate response to the situation. They had previously dealt with the gentleman in question and knew he was an old man. It’s not as if they thought they were dealing with a desperate, armed felon.

    It also begs the question about their training. If he had previously fled the police, since when is approaching the car from the front and jumping on the bonnet a recognised safe procedure? He could have sped off again and possibly killed the officer. The officer with the baton nearly takes out his colleague as well.

    Another total disgrace for British Policing. Great ad for the safety and security of the vehicle though.

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