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.
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.