A Nottingham police officer has been found guilty of the common assault of a man he was arresting after an allegation of domestic violence.
Constable Matthew Thompson had denied the charge which resulted from an incident in a street in Carrington on July 13 last year
It involved the detention of 52-year-old David Thomas, who told Loughborough magistrates that he was struck “eight, nine or maybe ten times” while sitting handcuffed in the back of a police car.
He then alleged that PC Thompson took him by the hair and pulled him from the car, leaving him to fall face first into the road. He was in handcuffs which held his arms behind his back.
After an investigation by the Independent Office of Police Complaints, the case was taken to court by the Crown Prosecution Service and was moved outside the county.
PC Thompson’s defence team said that the officer was concerned that he would be attacked by Mr Thomas.
The officer told the magistrates that he was also worried that Mr Thomas was using a mobile phone to call his friends to the incident. He said that what he did was “absolutely necessary.”
The officers were called after Mr Thomas’s partner made a 999 call alleging that he had pushed her. She told officers that Mr Thomas had struck a wing mirror on her car and “picked up a rock but didn’t throw it.”
Shortly after, she said that Mr Thomas was placed inside the police car and then “literally just dragged out of the car like a rag doll.”
Magistrates ordered a probation report on PC Thompson and extended his unconditional bail. He is due to be sentenced on April 30.