Gay policeman forced out by ‘bullying’ colleagues

British policeman claims he was forced out of his job after special constables arrested him

Gay policeman forced out by ‘bullying’ colleagues
28 August 2012

A gay British man and former police inspector is claiming he was forced out of his job after being arrested by his homophobic colleagues.

Richard Hendron, from south-west London, said he was victimized by special constables, who he says he was responsible for in his former policing position.

He is currently suing his bosses for compensation after feeling he was let down after the constables were not reprimanded for their actions.

Hendron had visited a Kensington pub in 2007 for the special constables Christmas drinks to show his face as their line manager.

He says the two specials were drunk when they grabbed him after he tripped leaving the Kensington pub. 

Before taking him to the station, the three men allegedly shouted at him: ‘You’re nicked, guv!’

Speaking to Gay Star News, Hendron said: ‘I would like an acknowledgement from the Met there was wrong done by the officials and the senior management team.

‘I think that would be a victory.’

In an interview with newspaper The Evening Standard, Hendron said: ‘It was an off-duty officer with two staff who were both drunk, tripping in the road and they arrest him for being drunk. Are they motivated by something other than protecting public safety?’

‘When I went to Tower Hamlets people didn’t know I had been arrested by two officers who were drunk, they just knew I had been nicked.

‘If you are a regular police officer you spend eight to 10 hours a day at work – the last thing you want to do after work is arrest someone.

‘These specials, because they don’t do much in terms of policing, get carried away and misuse their powers.’

The 31-year-old, who now works as a self-employed legal consultant, was moved within days to a ‘non-job’ at the Metropolitan Police’s headquarters, and later to a role in Tower Hamlets, but ‘after constant bullying and harassment from the senior management team’ he had to leave.

Speaking to Gay Star News, Hendron said: ‘I would like an acknowledgement from the Met there was wrong done by the officials and the senior management team.

‘I think that would be a victory.’

GSN contacted the Met, and while they confirmed it had received the details of Hendron’s allegation they said it could not comment at this time.

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