Bushey man makes formal complaint after he claims he was 'assaulted' by Hertfordshire Constabulary officers

Watford Observer: Sebastian Karaket shows the dents in his car Sebastian Karaket shows the dents in his car

A man from Bushey who claims he was assaulted by police officers when they pulled his car over has made a formal complaint against Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Sebastian Karaket, 21, claims he was left with a swollen and bruised face, handcuff marks on his wrists and dents on his car bonnet after he was "forcibly restrained" by police.

Mr Karaket was driving down Croxdale Road in Borehamwood at 11.30pm on Friday, January 3, with his friend Reece Hawker, when he was pulled over by police officers.

He says the police officers questioned him about his speed, saying he was going "a little too fast over the mini roundabout".

Mr Karaket insisted he was going 30mph in a 30mph zone and was well within the law.

They then questioned him about his tyres, saying they might be illegal because of the tread depth, which Mr Karaket says he strenuously denied.

Mr Karaket said a police officer questioned his behaviour, which he called "unreasonable", suggested "something is going here" and that he would search him and the car to rule anything out.

Mr Karaket then refused to be detained for the search and asking if he was under arrest.

The police officer then told Mr Karaket he was not under arrest, but they had the power to search him and arrest him if they found anything suspicious.

Mr Karaket said he protested further, before he was restrained with his head against the bonnet of his car by three police officers while a search is carried out.

He said he was then handcuffed, searched and briefly held in the police van before being let go.

Mr Karaket, a delivery driver, claims the officers were "aggressive" and "intimidating" from the start and denies he did anything to antagonise them.

He said: "They grabbed my elbows and smashed my face against the bonnet of my car. My face was left swollen and bruised and there are dents on my car from where my head was. I felt scared, they were all bigger than me.

"I was doing nothing illegal. My driving licence is my life, I would lose my job and my house if I couldn’t drive, I would do nothing to risk it."

He said he had a distinctive car and he and his friends were repeatedly pulled over by police in Borehamwood.

He said: "They pull me over at least once a day when I’m minding my own business, I feel as though I’m being harassed.

"The police are meant to make you feel safe and secure not so terrified you have to record them. They’re meant to fight gangs and violence, yet they’re the worst of them."

Mr Hawker, 17, and James Mayers, 17, who both witnessed the incident, said Mr Karaket had done nothing to antagonise police officers and the police had not used reasonable force in restraining him. They added the handcuffs had been too tight and had left "marks like razor cuts" on his wrists.

A spokesman from Hertfordshire Constabulary said the police force was investigating the incident.

The spokesman said: "A complaint has been made about an incident which occurred in Croxdale Road, Borehamwood, at around 11.45pm on Friday.

"The matter is being fully investigated and until this is concluded it would be inappropriate to comment any further."

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1:33pm Fri 10 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Sounds like he did his best to be awkward - and make the police suspicious of him.

Another one who just watches too much reality tv, and programmes where drunk people abuse police!!!

You can tell by the car he seeks attention - and it looks like the Observer has fallen for it!
Sounds like he did his best to be awkward - and make the police suspicious of him. Another one who just watches too much reality tv, and programmes where drunk people abuse police!!! You can tell by the car he seeks attention - and it looks like the Observer has fallen for it! G_Whiz

1:40pm Fri 10 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

Ok a bit harsh! - maybe it's time all the police wore cameras all of the time. This would help all sides?
Ok a bit harsh! - maybe it's time all the police wore cameras all of the time. This would help all sides? G_Whiz

4:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

WatfordBandB says...

G_Whiz wrote:
Sounds like he did his best to be awkward - and make the police suspicious of him.

Another one who just watches too much reality tv, and programmes where drunk people abuse police!!!

You can tell by the car he seeks attention - and it looks like the Observer has fallen for it!
I concur. Got what he was asking for. He did not co-operate so good on the filth, I mean the Police.
[quote][p][bold]G_Whiz[/bold] wrote: Sounds like he did his best to be awkward - and make the police suspicious of him. Another one who just watches too much reality tv, and programmes where drunk people abuse police!!! You can tell by the car he seeks attention - and it looks like the Observer has fallen for it![/p][/quote]I concur. Got what he was asking for. He did not co-operate so good on the filth, I mean the Police. WatfordBandB

7:33pm Fri 10 Jan 14

watford_bob says...

No one has the right to 'refuse' to be detained to be searched. You can make your objections but if the officer has formed his suspicion (which is very low on the scale of things), then you *will* be searched regardless of how you like it, what fight you put up etc.

Totally agree with body cameras though. Might show this male's true behaviour at the scene.
No one has the right to 'refuse' to be detained to be searched. You can make your objections but if the officer has formed his suspicion (which is very low on the scale of things), then you *will* be searched regardless of how you like it, what fight you put up etc. Totally agree with body cameras though. Might show this male's true behaviour at the scene. watford_bob

11:43pm Fri 10 Jan 14

stevemag says...

This lad may have been cheeky or non compliant but I'm sorry, I am not one of these "do gooders" who believe that police never tell lies or change their story to suit their case whenether a complaint has been made.

Look at plebgate ! One police officer lied (the others knew he had lied) and they were still all silent after a cabinet minister had lost his job. Thankfully for Andrew Mitchell , he taped the police interview on his mobile telephone.

Yes the police have a hard job but telling the truth seems to be the hardest job of all for them.

No doubt a "passer by" will come forward for the police
This lad may have been cheeky or non compliant but I'm sorry, I am not one of these "do gooders" who believe that police never tell lies or change their story to suit their case whenether a complaint has been made. Look at plebgate ! One police officer lied (the others knew he had lied) and they were still all silent after a cabinet minister had lost his job. Thankfully for Andrew Mitchell , he taped the police interview on his mobile telephone. Yes the police have a hard job but telling the truth seems to be the hardest job of all for them. No doubt a "passer by" will come forward for the police stevemag

1:50am Sat 11 Jan 14

Honest Rog says...

"Did his best to be awkward"!? "Got what he was asking for"! Two comments that prove how dumbed down we've become, if indeed proof were needed, in our slavish acceptance of all the propaganda spewed out by apologists for Plod. The guy was restrained by 3 big guys and offered no physical resistance according to the report. Two witnesses say that Plod's attitude was heavy handed. Also worthy of note is the fact that it appears the victim's car was legit, so no charges or tickets were issued.
"awkward" jeez! With comments such as these it seems that, with a Plod force lying through it's teeth supported by Daily Mail and Scum readers,we've got what we "asked for".
"Did his best to be awkward"!? "Got what he was asking for"! Two comments that prove how dumbed down we've become, if indeed proof were needed, in our slavish acceptance of all the propaganda spewed out by apologists for Plod. The guy was restrained by 3 big guys and offered no physical resistance according to the report. Two witnesses say that Plod's attitude was heavy handed. Also worthy of note is the fact that it appears the victim's car was legit, so no charges or tickets were issued. "awkward" jeez! With comments such as these it seems that, with a Plod force lying through it's teeth supported by Daily Mail and Scum readers,we've got what we "asked for". Honest Rog

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