As Socialist Worker reported two weeks ago, Stephen Whenary from Teesside was severely beaten during a police raid on his home last September.
Last week it transpired that the case is to be investigated in an “independent” inquiry by officers from the same police force that beat him up.
Stephen Whenary was in the bathroom of his home in Pine Street, Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees, when the officers burst in and beat him before dragging him naked from his house. He was later charged with assault and resisting arrest.
He was subsequently cleared at Teesside magistrate’s court, with district judge Roger Elsey criticising the police and the fact that officers’ evidence was riddled with discrepancies.
Stephen’s solicitor Scott Taylor reacted with shock after being told that Cleveland Police will carry out the investigation into their own officers’ actions on behalf of the IPCC.
He told Socialist Worker, “We are very surprised that it is Cleveland Police that is conducting the investigation into what is a very serious complaint, especially when you consider the nature of Stephen Whenary’s injuries.
“Stephen was so badly injured he needed 13 weeks off work. Magistrates heard that he was sprayed in the face with CS gas.
“He was then pulled from his shower and beaten around the head with a baton. We are very concerned about the local police force investigating themselves.”
According to the IPCC, it is not uncommon for local police forces to investigate their own officers in cases of this kind.