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09-11-07, 12:09 PM #1
POLICEMAN BEATEN WITH OWN BATON
11:00 - 11 September 2007
A Police officer was beaten with his baton when he dropped it trying to arrest a man who was attacking a motorist.
PC Gary Wilsdon is still being treated for an eye injury he suffered in the attack almost a year ago.
He and five colleagues had gone to arrest Sneinton man Robert Gwaza, who had attacked a man changing a flat tyre.
It took all six officers to subdue Gwaza, with one of them fearing PC Wilsdon would be killed, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
PC Wilsdon said after the case: "I have no recollection of what happened during those few seconds. I lost a lot of blood and have a scar now as a constant reminder."
Gwaza was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent on PC Wilsdon, actual bodily harm on another policeman and the man changing the tyre, and common assault on a third policeman.
He was given an indeterminate sentence, set at a minimum of two-and-a-half years.
Nottingham Evening Post
I remember this incident happening I wasn't on duty at the time and they were down to below critical staffing, the serious nature of the injuries was a result of the delay in back up arriving it could have been worse if the officers had been different or a member of the public who was a highly trained martial artist hadn't got involved after the officer was hit with his own baton.
The offender literally didn't feel pain he had to be physically bent up to get cuffs and restraints on him CS and pain complient holds didn't work.
09-11-07, 12:58 PM #2
What do your use of force rules say over there about a man with a baton striking an officer? Would an armed officer have been able to solve the problem?
09-11-07, 01:37 PM #3
09-11-07, 01:54 PM #4
So only the armed officers have access to the Tasers too?
I will never complain again about being forced to carry a one sized fits all firearm.
At least until next week, anyhow!
09-12-07, 05:37 AM #5
Wow. Can we say shots fired children? You guys are some tough folks all the way around for doing what you do unarmed.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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09-12-07, 06:43 AM #6
Lewis, I agree. I thought we had some pretty tough restrictions on use of force. I don't know how you Brits continue on with the conditions the way they are over there.
Over here, the head is a deadly force target and a weapon like a baton being used on the head is a deadly force situation. If I didn't have five other PC's with me, I would have shot him."The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly."
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