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Officer Thompson barred from policing for ‘beating a restrained man during arrest’

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A serving police officer was given a suspended sentence for assaulting a restrained man following a traffic stop. After a trial at Chelmsford Magistrates Court, PC Charlie Thompson, 25, of Dedham Road, Boxted, who denied assaulting Zeki Badruddin by striking him, was found guilty. He has now been barred from the profession after a misconduct hearing on 12/05/23.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks in incarceration, suspended for a year, and 100 hours of unpaid labour during the suspension period. On January 19, the officer was ‘assisting’ other officers who had stopped a man on suspicion of using a cell phone while driving. According to the police, an altercation ensued between Mr. Badruddin and officers, resulting in the use of an incapacitant spray.

Mr. Badruddin was handcuffed and seated on the side of the A127 in Basildon when PC Thompson arrived, as evidenced by the video played in court. Mr. Badruddin was apprehended on suspicion of assaulting an emergency responder, but no charges were filed.

The prosecutor, Miscaila Williams, stated that Thompson “went in like a bull in a china shop without asking questions or weighing his options prior to using force.”

The man protested that he was not resisting police while PC Thompson forced his head to the ground and struck him in the side with his elbow. Another officer secured the man’s legs and returned him to a seated position before PC Thompson shoved him to the ground a second time.

Christopher Williams, as district judge, concluded that Thompson did not use reasonable force. According to him, the elbow appeared to have been a “short, sharp blow,” as suggested by the prosecution.

He stated, “In my opinion, you did not legitimately believe Mr. Badruddin posed a threat. I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that you are culpable of assault, Mr. Thompson.

“The police are entrusted by the public to carry out a very important job and part of that trust means that considerable powers and authority are placed in the hands of officers.

“I think you did abuse that trust and power placed upon you on that occasion. Your reactions, as far as Mr Badruddin was concerned, were in my view excessive and you had no real reason to believe you were under any real threat from him at the time.”

Essex Police barred Charlie Thompson
Essex Police barred Thompson //OC

The judge stated that the complainant suffered “relatively minor” bodily damage as a result of the incident, but emphasised that the psychological impact was likely to be greater.

Andrew McGee, the defence attorney, emphasised the “impeccable professional record” of his client. According to him, Thompson’s actions were “not calculated” and resulted from “highly stressful circumstances.”

Graham Beesley, regional director at the Independent Office for Police Conduct, said: “Police officers may only use force when it is necessary, proportionate, and reasonable in the circumstances. There was no justification for PC Thompson to use force against the man, who was not resisting in any way and posed no genuine risk to PC Thompson or his colleagues. His actions brought great distress to the man and he has rightly been held to account.”

Within the next year, Thompson must complete 100 hours of unpaid labour. In addition, he was ordered to pay £600 in prosecution costs, £150 in victim compensation, and £128 in surcharge.

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