How The Heck, Does Someone Who Fractured A Police Officers Skull Get A Suspended Sentence!?
On Tuesday, we learnt about an incident where a BTP Officer sustained a fractured skull after trying to detain someone at Sheffield Railway Station.
The incident happened on 7th July last year when a passenger who was escorting his pregnant partner to one of the platforms at the station, got into an argument with a member of the railway staff.
The male had been told that his partner would have to print out a ticket she had purchased online.
An argument ensued, and the male went to leave the station but was stopped from doing so by several BTP officers who were already at the station.
And it was at this moment that the male concerned started to resist officers after they informed him that he was being detained.
Recorder Angela Frost said:
“Their attempt to arrest you resulted in a violent struggle and tussle with several officers while they attempted to subdue and arrest you.”
She added: “During the struggle, an officer, who at the time was behind you, was struck by one of your arms or fists in the course of trying to resist your arrest.”
The officer was knocked unconscious after hitting his head on the concourse floor.
He was taken to hospital and was found to have suffered two fractures to his skull as well as the loss of taste and smell.
The BTP officer involved was off of work for four months and STILL has not regained his sense of taste or smell, over 12 months after the incident.
The male was given 15 months, but that was suspended for two years.
Considering what happened to the BTP officer, and the fact that he has still not recovered, is this fair?
Inevitably when you decide to resist/struggle with the police, then what happens as a direct result of that struggle is the responsibility of the person who initiated the struggle?
I mention this because I am sure that some people will say that the male involved ‘never intended’ to knock the police officer out?
If the Government want to recruit 20,000 police officers over the next few years, then they will need to prove to people that they ‘have their back’ when/if they are attacked in the line of duty!
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