A convicted THIEF in Brighton who ended up getting tased during an incident whereby Police Officers were also ASSAULTED, has LOST his case against Sussex Police.
And we LOVE it when convicted criminals, who seek to try and win damages owing to events which occur following their own bad decisions, end up getting f**k all.
At the end of the day, if you end up committing a crime, and being violent towards Police, then you should be man enough to take the measures subsequently used by the Police in order to bring you to justice.
Especially when you decide to act like an idiot during the arrest!
Paul McClelland, 42, who later admitted theft, assault and obstructing a police officer, attempted to sue Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York over the arrest.
McClelland had tried to hoodwink people into believing that the police used the Taser unreasonably when he was “surrendering” and “moving backwards” to be handcuffed.
However, Judge Jonathan Simpkiss ruled the officers “honestly and reasonably believed” the Taser was necessary. A victory for common sense and those manning the thin blue line!
In a written judgment at Brighton County Court, Judge Jonathan Simpkiss said McClelland had NOT been seriously injured as a result of the officers’ actions, which occurred in a Brighton car park in July 2013.
This was despite the fact that McClelland, the convicted thief, tried to make out that the tasering had made him feel ‘suicidal’. Really? Well don’t f**cking steal then you moron!
Judge Jonathan Simpkiss also said there was NO medical evidence to suggest the claimant had suffered psychological trauma as a result of video of the arrest being watched widely.
Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly said in a statement after the conclusion of the civil case: “I welcome the judgment in this case after rigorous scrutiny of our police officers’ actions in using Taser.
McClelland’s solicitor, Sophie Khan, who “specialises” in trying to get compensation for individuals who have been tasered (why on earth would anyone pick this as their career path), argued in court that the officers’ actions were excessive because he was surrendering.
Ms Khan CLEARLY has no knowledge then of situations whereby a suspect wants to lull the Police into believing that they are ‘surrendering’, only to then viciously assault Police Officers who are risking their own safety in order to put criminals before the courts.
Personally, I do not understand why ANYONE would want to make a living from trying to get individuals who have been tasered compensation?
The fact remains, that if you are compliant when interacting with the Police, then you will not get tased. Only an absolute idiot would believe that the Police just randomly go around firing tasers at people for reasons of self entertainment.
Written by someone who has served on the Thin Blue Line (UK), and who is also a regular contributor to our popular Digital Magazine, S__ts & Giggles…
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