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  1. Constable David Mitchison shoved man so hard he cracked his head on pavement and needed hospital treatment, court told PC David Mitchison leaving Birmingham Magistrates' Court A police constable shoved a drinker so hard he fell and cracked his head on the pavement when violence erupted outside a Midland pub, a court was told. Fifty-six-year old Stephen Hubbard was pushed so hard he had to have hospital treatment, Birmingham magistrates were told. David Mitchison, 48, from Walsall, who was accused of using ‘excessive force’ in the incident has denied assaulting Mr Hubbard. Harbinder Gahir, prosecuting, said at around 6pm on March 9 last year there had been an incident outside the Tap and Tanner pub in Walsall between two men. He said there were a number of on-lookers, including Mr Hubbard, who was on the other side of the street. “It is at that point PC Mitchison approached Mr Hubbard and without any real warning or informing him to move away, he pushed him so hard that he fell to the concrete floor. “As a consequence he had an injury to the back of his head which required five or six stitches put in place to stop the bleeding.” Mr Gahir said the officer later made a statement claiming that after initially being cooperative Mr Hubbard had become abusive and threatening. He said when he took hold of the man’s forearm he felt it tense and thought Mr Hubbard was about to punch him so he pushed him away with his open palms. “The Crown would say on viewing the CCTV that is clearly not the case. “What ensued was actually a blatant push by PC Mitchison who was not acting in the course of his duty. “What PC Mitchison did was effectively to abuse his position and the force he used was excessive and disproportionate to what took place.” Mr Hubbard told the court he had been at the pub with his wife and that he had gone outside when the trouble started. “A WPC was being shouted at by a member of the public who was causing trouble. I wanted to calm him down. That is probably my biggest mistake,” he said. Mr Hubbard said that PC Mitchison had come over to him and was being “mouthy.” He went on “He was just showing his authority. He said a few words and I said a few words and the next thing I knew I was on the floor.” He said he had not been threatening in any way and continued “He just hit me with his full force. I did not even see him coming.” Mr Hubbard said he spent about six hours in hospital and had been told he had been arrested for assaulting PC Mitchison. He said he was later told he had been de-arrested. (Proceeding) http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/pc-used-excessive-force-during-8753719#ICID=sharebar_twitter
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