A man has been sent to prison after punching a police officer in the face and for kicking a wing mirror off of a car in Worthing.
Edward Elsden-Smith, 22, of Offington Lane, Worthing, appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 12 March and pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage, breaching a community order and breaching a suspended prison sentence order which he had been given for head butting another police officer and assaulting two other police officers in Worthing in May last year.
The court heard that two police officers, who were on patrol in Broadwater Street West on Saturday 23 February at 10.50pm, received a report that a drunk man was acting aggressively and threatening members of the public.
They then saw him kick at a parked car and break the wing mirror off.
He approached their marked police car and threatened them before they had even spoken to him.
As they went to arrest him for criminal damage, he began attacking the officers and punched one of them in the face cutting his forehead and causing bruising and swelling to his eye and nose.
This was all captured on the officer’s body-worn camera.
The video footage highlights the sort of unprovoked violence that officers are exposed to when trying to protect members of the public and property.
Elsden-Smith was jailed for 18 weeks and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115 and £85 costs.
Detective Sergeant Kieran McDonald said:
“Elsden-Smith’s behaviour and actions were outrageous and violent towards the officer who was trying to protect the public.
“Our officers and staff find themselves in a wide variety of often unpredictable and
“We do not believe that any form of assault is acceptable and should never be viewed as part of the job.
“We don’t tolerate violence against anyone in Sussex including our own officers and staff and are robust in pursuing the offenders and bringing them to justice.”
Police body-worn camera footage is vital in showing the general public the sort of violent incidents which police officers have to deal with on an hourly basis.
Police commentators have often said that body-worn camera footage gives a true insight into the many challenges faced by police officers in the line of duty.
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