Thursday, October 11, 2012

Moment a British cop lost his temper. . . and his career: CCTV catches officer using 'pain restraint' to calm 15-year-old who refused to do as he was told

From what I can see, the cop just gave the kid what the kid was asking for

PC Stephen Hudson bent the 15-year-old boy’s arm behind his back and lifted him off the ground after he refused to empty his pockets.

CCTV captured the 6ft 1in officer – who in a 12-year career suffered injuries including a suspected fractured skull, cracked rib and broken finger while tackling criminals – slam the 4ft 8in boy on to the counter, causing him to scream in pain.

The 43-year-old then pushed his face against the teenager’s ear and shouted: ‘You are not the big man. You might think you are but you’re not.’

However the divorced father-of-three was himself arrested after the boy – described in court as a ‘local nuisance’ who had repeatedly tried officers’ patience – complained of bruising and a nosebleed.

Hudson claimed to have been using an authorised police restraint technique called ‘pain compliance’ and said he himself had been assaulted by the youth.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been arrested for a breach of bail. He had been in the custody suite at Swinton police station in Greater Manchester ‘numerous times’ before and had previously kicked cell doors and refused to obey the rules, a court heard.

However a jury at Bolton Crown Court found the former officer, who worked at the suite, guilty of misconduct in a public office.

Hudson, who has quit his job, was given a nine-month jail term suspended for 18 months.

The court heard he had been left ‘a broken man’ facing bankruptcy, while his children had to be taken out of school as a result of bullying over the incident. In addition, he faces being sued by the boy’s family.

But Judge Peter Davies accused Hudson, of Westhoughton, near Bolton, of ‘besmirching’ the reputation of a force which last month lost two female officers in a shooting by inflicting ‘deliberate degradation and humiliation’ on the teenager.

And he branded the laughter of three other watching officers, including a sergeant, ‘bullying of the worst form’ and said they ought to have been in the dock alongside Hudson. The two PCs and a custody sergeant are now facing disciplinary action.

Judge Davies declared: ‘The overwhelming majority of police officers discharge the faith and trust invested in them by the public with diligence, courage and fortitude.

‘A tiny few, however, betray that trust, and I am afraid you have been found to be one of those few.’

Iain Simkin, prosecuting, said Hudson had used ‘far more force than proportional or reasonable’ against a boy who was simply being ‘cheeky’. Hudson said he had acted in accordance with his police training, saying: ‘I was frustrated and a bit angry that he wouldn’t comply.

‘I was trying to do a legitimate search and he just wasn’t doing what he was told. ‘I didn’t lose my temper. I was just being assertive.’

The boy’s mother said: ‘That man should never have been called a police officer. He abused my son at the end of the day.’

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rumney, from Greater Manchester Police, said: ‘PC Hudson overstepped the boundaries of reasonable force and acted instead with excessive force.’ ‘His actions were totally unacceptable,’ he added.

Original report here

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