Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'The Officers Are Clearly Making a Joke of It and Having a Laugh at My Expense' Victim Tells of 'Humiliation' after He Saw Shocking CCTV Footage

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'The Officers Are Clearly Making a Joke of It and Having a Laugh at My Expense' Victim Tells of 'Humiliation' after He Saw Shocking CCTV Footage

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CAPTURED on camera, this is the moment a group of officers shamed a police force.

Caught in the immediate aftermath of Bill Gatenby's arrest, where he was mauled by a police dog, the officers can be hear laughing and joking, and branding the attack "decent".

At this point, the 59-year-old, who was later cleared of a drunk and disorderly charge, was sitting in a police cell with just a dressing around an arm wound that badly needed hospital treatment. ON officers One officer can even be heard saying: "He'll not need feeding today."

The dog handler in charge of the animal at the time of the attack, outside the Bird Inn, in Washington, can be heard claiming Mr Gatenby had "just turned on us and, like, took a step forward and the dog has just gone for him".

But CCTV footage taken from outside the pub showed Mr Gatenby never turned around and didn't seem to realise the officer was there.

All the officers can be heard laughing and joking, with one calling the incident "a canny one". Disgusted Mr Gatenby, who first heard of the officers' jeers when he saw the CCTV before his trial, said he felt "completely humiliated".

He said: "Obviously, I had no idea all this was going on at the time as they'd moved me to a cell.

"It wasn't until I saw the CCTV afterwards, as my trial approached, that I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing.

"I was just shocked when I saw it. They made remarks, which were humiliating to me, to say the least.

"They are clearly making a joke of it and having a laugh at my expense. I was sitting in a cell, having been arrested for something I hadn't done, with just a dressing on my arm.

"I had no painkillers, I needed a tetanus and stitches, but they weren't doing anything other than having a laugh about it. I was left there for more than six hours.

"And to say 'the dog doesn't need feeding today' was simply disgusting. I didn't hear that bit at first. It's just wrong. Even the bits where the officer says 'he's been nibbled' are humiliating for me.

"And afterwards when you hear them calling it 'a decent one' and 'it's canny'. It's just wrong and very humiliating. …

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