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  1. PC, who says he was under attack himself, waits on sentence over beating conviction. Court hearing: Loughborough Magistrates' Court Date - 10th April 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 3 Comments An officer who had to fend off a detainee trying to headbutt and knee him has been found guilty of assault by beating after grabbing the man’s dreadlocks and pulling him from a patrol car. Now Nottinghamshire PC Matthew Thompson has an anxious wait over the Easter holiday, fearing his career is in jeopardy with a sentencing hearing at the end of this month. Loughborough Magistrates Court was shown footage of the incident which left David Thomas, 52, face down in a city street after police were called to deal with claims of domestic violence. After an eight-hour hearing, PC Matthew Thompson, 40, was convicted of using “excessive force” on Mr Thomas and causing him minor injuries. The court heard that PC Thompson and a female officer responded to a 999 call from Mr Thomas's partner, saying she had been assaulted – having been subjected to "incredibly aggressive" behaviour. PC Thompson began to talk to Mr Thomas in an incident partly caught on a body worn video camera. Magistrates were told Mr Thomas tried to headbutt PC Thompson and raised a knee to hit him. PC Thompson arrested the man on suspicion of assault and after handcuffing him placed him in the back of his patrol car. When Mr Thomas refused to hand over a mobile phone there was a struggle which ended when the officer dragged him out of the car. The man fell to the ground, banging his head, and later made a complaint about the officer’s use of force. The officer told the court he placed both hands on Mr Thomas's head, as if to cup his head, as he got him out of the car. He placed him in the prone position and said he did everything in a legal, necessary and proportionate manner. He used a fist strike down the thigh area of Mr Thomas’s right leg as a distraction technique. Mr Thomas claimed in court the officer grabbed him by the ponytail and pulled him out of the car. PC Richard Blackwell, responsible for officer safety and public order training at Watnall Training Centre, said in court PC Thompson's actions were in keeping with current police guidelines, and that there were no instructions about removing a handcuffed person from a car. PC Thompson was charged after an investigation into his use of force during the arrest by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The case was adjourned for probation reports and the officer will be sentenced on April 30. After the court case, IOPC regional director Derrick Campbell said: “Police officers are entrusted with the power to use force to carry out their duties but only if it is necessary, reasonable and proportionate in the circumstances. "Our investigation, which included reviewing body worn video of the incident, raised serious concerns about the appropriateness of PC Thompson’s actions and we referred it to the CPS for a charging decision. "The court has clearly taken the view that PC Thompson overstepped the mark.” View On Police Oracle

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