Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Drunk and Disorderly

Drunk Police

Former police officer Mr. Hendron has claimed that he was forced out of his job after being arrested in 2007 for being drunk and disorderly.

He denies being drunk or disorderly and claims that the arrest, which was by two 'specials', had been motivated by something other than a desire to protect the public interest. He suggested that they might have instead been both homophobic and ageist.

Mr. Hendron also claimed that the two specials were actually drunk when they arrested him. They had grabbed him after he tripped while leaving a pub in Kensington following some Christmas drinks in 2007. They had shouted at him: "You're nicked, guv, for drunk and disorderly." At the time he was an inspector with responsibility for Special Constables in Kensington and Chelsea. Following the arrest he claims to have been victimised by the force and moved around from job to job before finally having to resign.

Having been arrested and taken to the police station he claims that he was never given a chance to put across his side of the events that night. Shortly after his arrest he was moved to what he described as a "non-job". He was later moved a second time to a role in Tower Hamlets where he was bullied and harassed. He explained that no one knew that the specials that had arrested him were drunk; they simply knew he had been arrested. The bullying, which included comments from the senior management team became so intense that he was forced to leave in 2009.

In his court filings Mr. Hendron claims that the arrest was unlawful. Since retraining as a Barrister he explained that "The claimant was arrested for drunk and disorderly when in fact there was no disorder," and that the specials "acted unlawfully and maliciously in exercising their power, which was motivated by personal reasons against the claimant." Mr. Hendron feels let down and is claiming compensation as a result of what he feels was targeted bullying as well as there having been no actions taken against the two specials.

Commenting on the two specials who had arrested him he noted that "If you are a regular police officer you spend eight to 10 hours a day at work the last thing you want to do after work is arrest someone. These specials, because they don't do much in terms of policing, get carried away and misuse their powers."

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