A security guard who says he was twice wrongly arrested by West Midlands Police has revealed why he went after the force for compensation.
Ivan Martin, 57, said he was held by the police on two occasions and even Tasered when he had committed no crimes.
So he took them to court and successfully claimed £36,500 from the police over two years.
He reveals details of the cases on the first episode this week of a new Channel 5 documentary series, Where There’s Blame There’s A Claim. He says: “I wasn’t in it for the compensation, I was in it for the principle.
“If I break the law, I expect to be punished. If they break the law, they shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it.”
Mr Martin, from Bromford Bridge, said the police, while giving him compensation, have still refused to apologise and says he is angry that no officers were disciplined.
His ordeal began in June 2009 when he was returning a pair of trainers to a sports store in Birmingham city centre. He had the receipt but the assistant told him he couldn’t get a refund.
Mr Martin told the programme that the officers manhandled and arrested him.
“To this day I don’t understand. All I had done was say ‘I’m leaving’, I hadn’t committed any crime.”
He says he was arrested, held for 11 hours and charged with resisting arrest and causing alarm and distress.
But five months later at Birmingham Magistrates Court he was found not guilty.
Then, 15 months later, Mr Martin opened his front door to find two police officers saying they had come to arrest him for criminal damage.
As he stepped back into the house and moved into the kitchen, one of the officers Tasered him in the back.
He told the programme: “My body goes to jelly and I fall on the floor. When this thing hits you, you’ve got no control at all. They sit on top of me and handcuff me.
“They said ‘If you don’t keep still I’ll Taser you again’.”
He was arrest for assaulting two police officers but taken to City Hospital in handcuffs because a doctor wasn’t happy with his heart rhythm.
“I felt so humiliated,” says Mr Martin, who was held for 17 hours until the police admitted they had mistaken him for another suspect and released him.
At that point Mr Martin contacted solicitor Iain Gould who helped him claim compensation for false imprisonment and assault and battery.
The police admitted their error and offered him £5,000 to settle. He rejected further offers of £17,000 and £20,000 and went to Birmingham County Court, where a jury awarded damages of £26,500 in the first Taser trial of its kind.
This is the moment security guards were DRAGGED along a road by a speeding getaway van after attempting to stop thieves who raided a Poundland.
Shocking footage captured the moment a suspected shoplifter escaped the clutches of FIVE security guards before speeding away with an accomplice in a white transit van.
Two guards were left injured in the tussle, with one thrown to the ground by the van as it made off from Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre .
The incident unfolded at around 1pm on Wednesday and was captured on camera by a concerned eyewitness.
It is understood the crooks had been chased from discount shop Poundland, inside the Maple Walk shopping centre.
The horrifying footage shows stricken shoppers watching as security guards wrestle a man to the ground outside the centre.
One eyewitness told the Birmingham Mail: “Security and a male were involved.
“A van sped off, taking security with them and one hit the floor.
“Police are involved and an ambulance took the security guard away.”
The footage, which lasts almost two minutes, begins as two security guards wrestle a man to the floor, next to a white transit van.
It is thought one man had already got into the van.
Around 30 seconds into the video, another three security guards run towards the scene.
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But the man on the ground manages to escape the guards and climb into the van as it speeds away, with the door wide open.
Two of the guards are still leaning into the passenger side as the van makes off and one is thrown to the ground.
Police have confirmed two security guards suffered injuries in the incident.
They are continuing to investigate.
A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “We were called to Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre at around 1pm.
“Two security guards have chased suspected shoplifters from Poundland.
“Two men have got into a white transit van and driven off.
“The security guards have been dragged along the road for a short distance while trying to detain the suspects and suffered minor injuries.
“Enquiries are ongoing to try and locate the van.”