Police officer ‘punched Tesco burglar in the face’ and ‘leg-swept other suspect’

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A police officer admitted 'leg-sweeping' one suspect and punching another in a Tesco store.

PC Henry Green and a colleague were called to the store in Newland Avenue, Hull, after three suspected burglars were reported just before 11.30am on June 6, 2019.

A police misconduct hearing against PC Green, who remains a serving officer, opened on Monday (June 11 2022) at the former magistrates' building in Goole, HullLive reports to determine whether the officer breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

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Ian Mullarkey, representing Humberside Police, said suspect Callum Semper was immediately handcuffed and was compliant. A second suspect, Theresa Harrison, was also handcuffed.

PC Green tried to apprehend a third suspect, the hearing was told. He then returned and grabbed the suspects by the arm, but Ms Harrison complained.

Mr Mullarkey said: "As a result of that, and there being no other threat offered, the officer uses unnecessary and disproportionate force and deploys a leg sweep to take Ms Harrison to the floor while she was in handcuffs and therefore unable to break her fall.

"It is apparent that as Ms Harrison strikes the hard floor of the supermarket she is not supported by the officer in any way.

"The officer then says 'you can stay there, sweetheart', which gives an insight into the officer’s motivation. The officer was not afraid for his safety, but was agitated, excited and confrontational.

"The officer raises the handcuffs he has in his right hand and uses them as a weapon to strike [the male suspect] to the head."

Mr Mullarkey said neither suspect showed signs of resistance.

"A customer assistant at Tesco observed the officer punch out at Mr Semper (though she did not see whether the blow landed) and stated: 'I had not seen male 1 attempting to attack the officer or being aggressive prior to the punch being thrown,'" Mr Mullarkey said.

"Mr Semper was then also forced to the floor and the officer says, 'Show me any more resistance and I’ll punch you in the face again you little p****.'"

Police personal safety trainer Derek Christmas claimed in a witness statement that PC Green showed 'little or no concern for the safety and welfare of Ms Harrison'.

PC Green argued his actions were justified.

"Ms Harrison immediately became aggressive," he said.

"I was alone with two suspects," he continued, "I did not know where [my colleague] was because my earpiece had fallen out. I had previously been assaulted that morning by another person I had arrested, who was also handcuffed when he managed to assault me.

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"I had literally seconds to decide how to deal with the situation and take action; in what was a fluid situation.

PC Green claimed he held Ms Harrison until she touched the floor to minimise the impact of her fall.

"I went to take hold of [Mr Semper] and as I did, he tensed his arm up and moved his arm upwards. I honestly believed that [he] was going to assault me in a bid to escape," he continued.

"The force I had used against [the suspects] was necessary in order to bring about their safe detention and to protect myself from harm."

The hearing continued on Tuesday (June 12) and is expected to conclude today (June 13).

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