A man who made a personal injury claim against Dyfed-Powys Police was awarded £40,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
Richard Roberts received the settlement after it was claimed in a witness statement that he was shouting and swearing at the time of his arrest.
Although he denied the allegations, the force proceeded to charge him. The claims made against him by a Dyfed-Powys police officer were shown by CCTV to be false.
As reported by the BBC, Mr Roberts said,
“I was calm even though I’d been assaulted.
“I had to stay calm for the sake of my partner and the children.
“I was absolutely disgusted when I saw what was said about me – I denied it straight away.
“I said I had CCTV to back it up. I got charged – I was held for two days and then released.
“A couple of days later, the charges were all withdrawn.”
Mr Roberts was arrested in January 2016 as a result of an ongoing dispute with a neighbour.
Mr Roberts added, “I still get flashbacks of being locked up. I’m no angel – I was a rebel when I was younger, but all that’s stopped now.
“I just want to move on and build a life for myself. I’ve got total distrust for the police now – I can’t trust anyone.”