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    Special PC Jailed For Assault On Soldier

    A special constable has been jailed for three years after being convicted of a vicious assault on a drunken off-duty soldier while trying to arrest him.


    Peter Lightfoot attacked Lance Corporal Mark Aspinall outside a bar in Wigan, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of July 27, 2008.
    The attack, which was captured on CCTV, was described as "violent, excessive and unjustified" by the police watchdog.
    Lightfoot, 40, was filmed pushing the soldier's head into the ground and hitting him with a police helmet.
    He was found guilty of the assault on the soldier, who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq, by a jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court last month.
    Two other officers involved in the incident, Sergeant Stephen Russell, 34, and Pc Richard Kelsall, 29, were cleared of assaulting the soldier.




    L/Cpl Aspinall was himself initially charged and convicted of two counts of attacking the police officers by Wigan Magistrates, who did not view the CCTV.
    He later won an appeal to have the verdict quashed at Liverpool Crown Court, where the judge cited concerns about the actions of the officers.
    Haulage driver Lightfoot was also convicted of one count of perjury, in relation to the evidence he gave during the soldier's trial.
    He was jailed for one year for perjury, and two years for assault, to run consecutively.
    Lightfoot, a twice-divorced father of two, had been given a warning about using excessive force during an arrest in 2007, the court heard.
    However, he was nominated for a bravery award for confronting a robber who was wielding an imitation handgun and won a Special Constable of the Year award in 2003.
    Police were called to the Walkabout bar in Wigan town centre after L/Cpl Aspinall was thrown out for causing trouble and allegedly shouting racial abuse at door staff.




    The assault was caught on CCTV but ignored at the soldier's trial



    Lightfoot used "unacceptable" force when making the arrest, Judge Lewis said, and it was lucky the soldier had not suffered a head injury.
    "However badly he behaved, he did not deserve to be treated as you treated him during this short-lived bout of violence," the judge added.
    The judge rejected a claim for compensation for L/Cpl Aspinall.
    Lightfoot's father Jim said his son did nothing wrong: "I don't think the video tells the story," he said.
    "I did 24 years as a Special Constable. I've been in the same position. You didn't get a true picture from the video."
    Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: "The judge's sentence is a reflection of how serious this abuse of trust was.
    "The conduct of Peter Lightfoot that day fell well below the standard we expect.
    "His actions in no way reflect the committed and professional attitude shown by the vast majority of our Special Constables, who are highly trained in the best ways to safely detain prisoners."


    Special Constable Peter Lightfoot Jailed For Three Years For Assault On Soldier During Arrest | UK News | Sky News


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    good , hope he enjoys his 2 and a half years -no doubt reduced to one year automatically
    the attack happened in july 27, 2008.- the wheels of justice sure turn slowly

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    You would have to be crazy to be in law enforcement any longer. They are the most visible part of Government and take all the hatred directed at government. The elite are even willing to sacrifice a few police officers to give the sheeple the sense they still have power and rights.

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    Crap video with stupid commentary...

    The 'brutal injuries' looked like a few scrapes and bruises. We've all seen far, far worse for far, far less.

    Moronic. Taken well out of context and then further unbalanced. I have no idea of what really went on, but the police were strong and firm; not violent...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Crap video with stupid commentary... The 'brutal injuries' looked like a few scrapes and bruises. We've all seen far, far worse for far, far less. Moronic. Taken well out of context and then further unbalanced. I have no idea of what really went on, but the police were strong and firm; not violent...
    Agreed, I think they were tring to get the cuffs on and he wouldnt give up his arm and was the reason behind punching his shoulder. He also looked to be agressive before the cops ran across the road.

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    I agree BB, the commentary was way OTT. The offender, a young and fit guy was clearly drunk and had already been ejected from a nightclub for bad behaviour. It took 3 policers to restrain the guy and it would seem he put up some resistance.

    Police officers, even specials, are taught control and restraint techniques and holding the offender down firmly is a part of those exercises. The special appeared to be using a short/sharp punching method to the shoulder/arm in order to numb that area to make it easier for his fellow officers to handcuff the individual.

    His real problem was that he was found guilty of perjury in court.

    The judge stated that the soldier was lucky not to have sustained a head injury, however, i see no evidence of that.

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    Who'd be a copper in the UK, these days? It's nice that the lads got to do some actual police work in apprehending this pissed-up dumbarse, instead of the usual Kafka-esque form-filling and bureaucracy.

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    Can't believe so many people are defending this piece of human dirt policeman who was caught abusing his position.

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    "Special constables". Basically nightclub bouncers with ambitions.

    And like nightclub bouncers, mostly utter cockheads.

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    in one corner ---- a special constable cop [,in police speak that means a volunteer role,] a 20 stone lump of lard getting his thrills dressing up in a plastic yellow jacket .

    in the other corner -----the ex-soldier,who in the past had received a fixed penalty notice in June 2006 for being drunk and disorderly, and again in April 2008 for a section five public order offence in Bolton during which he told officers he would "twat them all".
    They deserve each other, with maniacs like these on both sides , no wonder the british pubs all going bust, and tesco beer sales soaring

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Crap video with stupid commentary... The 'brutal injuries' looked like a few scrapes and bruises. We've all seen far, far worse for far, far less. Moronic. Taken well out of context and then further unbalanced. I have no idea of what really went on, but the police were strong and firm; not violent...
    Agreed, I think they were tring to get the cuffs on and he wouldnt give up his arm and was the reason behind punching his shoulder. He also looked to be agressive before the cops ran across the road.
    It takes a big man to lay into someone face down on the floor with the support of two colleagues. I am not condoning Aspinall, it is almost clear from the CCTV he is saying something (not to nice) to the plod, but this is there job to rise above a drunk man. This all three of them failed to do, and instead thought they'd dish out some quick justice.
    Bad publicity for both the army and most definitely the police.

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    The point is that if you are going to do do it make sure that you are out of range of CCTV cameras...he should have been more careful...and yes the soldier more than likely deserved what he got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Lick
    The judge stated that the soldier was lucky not to have sustained a head injury, however, i see no evidence of that.
    Not for you to judge, Mr Lick. I'm sorry to say.

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    I believe the Judge was commenting on something that didn't occur. Did luck play a part? Probably not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles View Post
    Can't believe so many people are defending this piece of human dirt policeman who was caught abusing his position.
    I'm with you here!


    Excessive force by the piggy in this instance.... .and the prick would have lied in the first hearing.

    If you're a cop and can't handle the verbals, then it's time to leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bretby
    The point is that if you are going to do do it make sure that you are out of range of CCTV cameras...
    The point is, he did fuk all... Have you tried holding a drunk bloke down gently; can't be done, no matter how many of you there are; it's an action against his will that he is fighting against, but seemingly the arrest/action was okay, so how violent were these three evil officers - answer, not very... I got worse scratches from playing with my kittens yesterday, and I didn't feel the need to post some bullshit non-event vidoe about it on youtube with a farking ridiculous commentary which has words such as 'brutal injuries' for a fuking tiny bruise...

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    The police officer in the video is pure scum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Have you tried holding a drunk bloke down gently
    Yes, many times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    can't be done, no matter how many of you there are;
    Yes, it can. Quite easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles
    The police officer in the video is pure scum.
    You're amazing how you can pick up such strong knowledge from a clip which is taken out of context and very little of the truth known to you, I or anyone else here.

    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy
    Yes, it can. Quite easily.
    Depends, Janda. Me brother is a proper pycho (as in proper) & no quantity of people could hold him down sobre or drunk without a huge quantity of violence. You, me and Mr Akido couln't easily hold down a normal drunk yob without being equally or more tough than these three policemen - they did nothing.

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    The officers in the video were attempting to handcuff the individual, not just pinning him to the ground. It is far from an easy task to bring an individuals hands together if he wishes to resist such attempts no matter how many officers are involved. He failed to follow the instructions of the arresting officer(s) and in doing put himself at risk of suffering an injury.

    It has been reported that he bit the leg of one of the officers and was initially charged with 2 counts of assault which occurred during the incident.

    The 'Special' was foolish in not giving a proper account of the incident in court.

    The commentary by, i believe, Sky news, IMO is quite disgraceful.
    Last edited by Mr Lick; 02-09-2010 at 09:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Me brother is a proper pycho (as in proper) & no quantity of people could hold him down sobre or drunk without a huge quantity of violence
    Of course they could, it's all about technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettyboo
    Depends, Janda.
    Of course.

    It's all a matter of balance.

    But, as you say, "it depends"

    Priority 1 = get it/him/her down. Hip throw or whatever is appropriate given the circs.

    2 = knee, with full weight into chest whilst, at the same time pulling from the arms or, if you're feeling a tad grumpy, the ears, straight up.

    Against the downward pressure of the knee.

    Works for me.

    But she's only 4'8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English Noodles
    Quote: Originally Posted by Bettyboo Me brother is a proper pycho (as in proper) & no quantity of people could hold him down sobre or drunk without a huge quantity of violence Of course they could, it's all about technique.
    Your naivity, mate.

    You take your 4 toughest mates and add in two judo blackbelts for fun. Put little bro on the floor face down then let the 7 of you at him - I tell you now, you'll not be able to hold him down for 10 seconds, no matter what technique you use...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy
    Priority 1 = get it/him/her down. Hip throw or whatever is appropriate given the circs. 2 = knee, with full weight into chest whilst, at the same time pulling from the arms or, if you're feeling a tad grumpy, the ears, straight up. Against the downward pressure of the knee.
    Sounds good.

    Also sounds very similar to what these 3 officers did...

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