Monday, 10 February 2014

Policeman compensation

Recently a policeman, Mick Baillon, was criticised for the compensation he received for the ridicule he received from fellow offices when confronting a person who had not been wearing his seatbelt.  He was filmed smashing the side window on a drivers car which took him a number of blows to penetrate the glass.  For some reason this film made it on to You Tube.  Since the video was a police video I can only assume one of his colleagues did this.  Surely a breach of security. Although the matter of the compensation is something to be questioned the way in which the situation was  reported by the press again shows information being edited to give a different focus of what happened.  It was stated in all the later reports that the window was being smashed by a policemen because the driver was not wearing his seatbelt.  This was not correct.  The driver having been stopped when approached by the policeman drove off which resulted in a chase.  The policeman had to smash to window to stop the perpetrator from driving off.  The driver in fact had the ordacity  to claim compensation for the traumour he had been subjected to.  This miss reporting  shows how the press abuses it position to create a more sensational story to sell more newspapers and increase listening and viewing figures. Trying to show a policeman in a poor light