Special Constable guilty of attack on soldier
LONDON (Reuters) - A special constable was found guilty on Monday of assault after he was caught on CCTV pushing a man's head into the ground and hitting him with a police helmet during his arrest.
VOLUNTEERS, IT'S WHAT WE NEED MORE OF,
IN CRUCIAL ROLES, SAYS STUPID INBRED.
ONLY NOT, OBVIOUSLY, IN PARLIAMENT,
FUCK ME, NO.
The police watchdog said the force used by Special Constable Peter Lightfoot, 40, during the incident in Wigan in July last year was "violent, excessive and unjustified."
Special constables are volunteer part-timers. Lightfoot and two other officers were attempting to arrest off-duty soldier Mark Aspinall in the street in Wigan town centre after he had been thrown out of a bar.
Aspinall was found guilty of public order offences and assault, but the conviction was quashed after the judge expressed concerns about the officers' actions.
An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission led to charges being brought against Lightfoot and he was found guilty of assault and perjury in relation to Aspinall's appeal hearing.
"It is clear from the evidence that Mr Aspinall was drunk, aggressive and causing a nuisance. He was exhibiting the kind of behaviour that police officers have the unfortunate duty to deal with on a regular basis," said IPCC Commissioner Naseem Malik.
"However in this incident Special Constable Lightfoot's training would appear to have been replaced by a red mist. His actions were violent, excessive and unjustified."
The other two officers involved in the incident were cleared of assault and charges of perverting the course of justice.
"The conduct of SPC Lightfoot that day fell well below the standard we expect at Greater Manchester Police," said Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan.
"His actions in no way reflect the committed and professional attitude shown by the vast majority of our Special Constables, who are highly trained in the best ways to safely detain prisoners.
"We are even more disappointed that he knowingly lied before a criminal court."
Lightfoot will be sentenced on September 1 while the Manchester force's Professional Standards Branch will decide what disciplinary action should be brought against the three officers.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison)
Speaking on the Stupid Channel, the UK's current unelected prime minister, Mr CallHimDave, said that this was the very thing he had been banging on about.. You know, decent, ordinary psychopaths like Mr Foothead, playing their part, taking over the duties of the policemen which we can no longer afford and kicking the shit out of their fellow citizens with uniforms and training which we, in govament, can provide, should provide and will provide to suitably qualified nutters. What we've gotta do, what we're gonna do, what I and Mr Gimp came into politics to do, only me more than him, is to get hold of this broken society and make it worse. It's like I was saying to the nignogs, only the other day, a boot in the head saves nine. Even if they're wearing a turban, as some of them do.
HT Mrs Berserk