A police sergeant and a detention officer were on trial for twisting a man’s arm to make him answer questions after he had been pepper sprayed and complained of chest pains. It happened in Peterlee Police Station, County Durham, UK in March 2011. The Independent Police Complaints Commission described the use of force as “torture“.
40 year old David Healer had been arrested and was being booked for breach of bail and assaulting a police officer. CCTV video from Peterlee Police Station shows Sergeant Stephen Harvey and civilian detention officer Michael Mount twist the prisoner’s arms behind his back. David Healer screamed as if in pain to which 61 year old Stephen Harvey responded by asking: “Are you gonna talk?”
Durham Police Deputy Chief Constable Mike Barton said the excessive force used by Stephen Harvey and Michael Mount was wrong and should not have happened. Stephen Harvey was told to pay £1,395 in fines and costs for his role in the attack, while Michael Mount was told to pay a total of £730. The men were both convicted of two counts of common assault. Of the fines and costs, the compensation for David Healer was £100.
Best Gore member Roamer who hooked me up with the video had a few remarks to add:
1) They tortured him to make him answer questions he had a right not to answer.
2) He was arrested for “assaulting a police officer” – sound familiar?
3) The cops weren’t suspended, even after they were charged and convicted.
4) The cops were only fined, not jailed.
David Healer struggled to stand because he has medical problems and was refused an ambulance. The officers that assaulted him during arrest confiscated his medicine. None of this featured in news reports. It’s these edited news videos that became fairly well-spread, leaving the extra details in the first original CCTV clips forgotten about.
Thanks a lot Roamer for the video and input: