Officers in Wiltshire capture vicious assault on their body cameras
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2 police officers in Swindon, Wiltshire, have been commended by Judge Robert Pawson after having seen Reveal body camera footage of how they conducted themselves during a vicious attack from a man who had drunk 20 pints.
When sentencing the man, Judge Pawson said: “If there was an example of selflessness by officers then this would be it. Each of these police officers and I say this having seen and heard the footage, conducted themselves with a constant professionalism and commendable self-control, performing their duties to the highest standard.
“You said on a number of occasions that you were going to kill them and given the way you were behaving, I’m not surprised they feared for their lives.”
The officers switched on their Reveal body cameras after the man’s behaviour escalated very quickly, and continued to record for 16 minutes as they struggled to restrain his violent rage, which included biting the arm of one of the officers, as well as grabbing the throat of the other.
The defendant was interviewed and shown back the footage and appeared to show genuine remorse and distress when he was watching, however, the prosecutor said it was clear from the body camera footage that the man was “giving all he could to hurt these officers as much as he could.”
Sentencing him, Judge Robert Pawson outlined the severity of the offence and imposed a 14-month prison sentence suspended for two years. He was also told he must continue alcohol treatment and carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. Additionally, he must pay £2,000 to each police officer in compensation.
Following the sentence, Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, from Wiltshire Police, said: “Regrettably it has become an unsettling fact of life for police officers and staff that they very often face abuse and violence while they are going about their work serving and protecting the public.
“This can range from verbal abuse and racist language, right through to physical assaults, including spitting, hitting and kicking and very often those who commit these offences are under the influence of drink or drugs.
“It is unacceptable that officers and staff who put their personal safety on the line to protect the public should have to put up with this kind of behaviour. It should never be considered an ‘occupational hazard’.
“Here in Wiltshire we have a zero-tolerance approach to these types of incidents and are committed to investigating the offences and, owing to the serious nature of this type of crime, charging them to court.”