Huge payout for ridiculed cop
A policeman who became a worldwide laughing stock after he bludgeoned the car of a speeding pensioner has won £430,000 (NZ$850,000) for suffering "ridicule" at work.
Former police officer Mike Baillon, 42, was awarded the compensation by the industrial tribunal for loss of future pension and some earnings after workplace bullying forced him to quit his job, the Daily Mail reported.
The truncheon attack that led to his ridicule occurred after retired businessman Robert Whatley, 74, was caught speeding by Baillon and his colleague, who has name suppression.
Whatley refused to pull over while police pursued him for almost 20 minutes. When he finally stopped his Range Rover, a police car dashboard camera recorded Baillon and his partner running to the car, then using batons to smash the car's windscreen and the driver's door.
Whatley won a £20,000 (NZ$39,750) payout from the police over the damage caused to his Range Rover.
He was later ordered to pay £235 (NZ$467) after being found guilty of speeding and failing to stop for police.
The actions of the offending officers were investigated but they were both cleared of misconduct, however Baillon was taken off front-line duties because his mental state was thought to be impaired.
After the policemen were found not guilty of misconduct, the video of the incident was leaked online.
Baillon's solicitor said Baillon was mocked by his colleagues - he said he was the butt of daily jokes - and eventually felt forced to quit his job, which he otherwise enjoyed, the Mail reported.
He made several claims against the police including personal injury, injury to feelings and aggravating damages. One complaint was upheld - loss of pension and earnings.
Baillon has since started up a company called Celtic Woodcraft, making decorative wooden reindeer.