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Award for wrongly accused fireman
John James
John James collapsed several days after his arrest
A firefighter who accused police of injuring him as he was wrongfully arrested for drug dealing has been awarded 15,000 in compensation.

John James, 37, of Oldbury, West Midlands, was arrested and handcuffed while queuing in a restaurant with his six-year-old son.

The Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue worker said he suffered numerous injuries in the incident.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said the officer involved had resigned.

'Not in dispute'

In a statement the force said: "The police officer involved in this case resigned prior to any misconduct considerations.

"The matter is not in dispute and a compensation order has been made."

Mr James' solicitor said he had been queuing with his son in a McDonald's restaurant in June 2004 when he was accused of drug-dealing.

He had his arm twisted behind his back and was forced to his knees before being taken away. He was held in custody for an hour.

Several days after his release he had to be treated in hospital after collapsing.

Case dropped

He said: "I couldn't believe the treatment I received.

"The police officers were informed a black man was selling drugs from a blue car in the car park of McDonald's.

"I was in the queue waiting to be served, standing with my son, when I was approached by the policeman intent on arresting me."

The firefighter denied any wrongdoing and the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case a year later.

Mr James said he wanted to highlight the fact there "are small pockets in the police force which think they are above the law".

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