Student bitten in the testicles by police dog is part of 1 on 4 who are offered £75,000 compensation money
A university student who was bitten in the testicles by a police dog is one in four who were paid and awarded £75,000 compensation money by the authorities when they cracked down on a student party in Leeds.
West Yorkshire police made the payments during a party when heavily armed riot gear police moved in to disperse the the crowd. They used dogs during the situation.
The force defended the officer’s actions but said that the claims were not likely to be defended in the court of law and thus decided the settlement.
Riot police were called to the House party in the Hyde Park area of Leeds in May 2007 after reports it was crazy and out of control by local neighbours. The orders to end the party were ignored and missiles were thrown at the police officers. They therefore brought in dogs to clear the crowds.
One of the party organises Will Hillier said that 'The first thing a lot of people knew about what was going on was when they were being attacked,'
'We heard that one guy had been bitten on his testicles. Another guy claimed he was attacked while trying to protect his girlfriend.
'The way it was handled by police exacerbated the problem.'
'I’m glad the police had paid out. It proves they were heavy-handed.'
Chief Superintendant Dave Oldroyd said that his officers spent 90 minutes trying to clear the crowd peacefully but said that they were ignored.
'Out of a crowd of hundreds, four people were later paid compensation over police dog bite injuries,' he said.
'We have rightly apologised to those individuals but we make no apology for our overall response to a situation which, if allowed to run out of control, presented a genuine threat to public safety.'
Source: Daily Mail