PC Richard Davies cleared of assaulting teens he was chasing
A POLICE officer has been found not guilty of assaulting two teens during an incident in Morriston.
PC Richard Davies had been accused of punching Ben Rees, and kicking Perry Mills, both in the head, after he and another officer had been pursuing the two 19-year-olds last October.
Swansea Magistrates' Court heard how PC Davies and PC Stephen Edwards had chased after the teens after spotting them on a scooter, with the driver not wearing a helmet.
PC Davies had got out of the police car the two officers had been travelling in along Vicarage Road, and confronted Mr Rees at the junction with Cwm Bath Road.
It was alleged that PC Davies had struck him with a clenched fist, and that after he fell to the ground he had gone to the aid of his colleague, who was with Mr Perry and kicked the latter in the head.
Giving evidence, Mr Perry told the court that after PC Davies had allegedly hit his friend: "I heard a crack, and then I was worrying. I thought, I am going to get badly hurt now."
He then alleged that he was kicked in the head.
"It was like he was taking a penalty kick, it was a hard kick in the side of my head," said Mr Perry.
PC Edwards told the court Mr Mills had been "calm and compliant" as he had knelt beside him on the ground, when PC Davies's "foot made contact with the head of Mr Mr Mills".
"I was shocked but it was not in my opinion like kicking a football.
"But I was very shocked. I have never experienced anything like that with PC Davies."
Former solider and prison officer PC Davies admitted to the court he had struck Mr Rees, but insisted his palm was open and that he had merely been trying to stop him as the teen ran towards him. After subduing him, he said he then went to assist his colleague PC Edwards with Mr Mills.
He intended to use a "knee strike" into the flesh part of Mr Mills's elbow, but "as he was dropping, my knee made contact with his head."
He said it was the first time in seven years as a police officer that he had used a knee strike, and that the incident was more a case of "his head hitting my foot, than my foot hitting his head".
Prosecuting, Kayleigh Simmons questioned why a teen, much slighter than both officers, would run towards a police officer if he were trying to escape capture.
She also questioned why he admitted striking him to stop him if, as in his draft notes, he had written "Both boys stopped".
PC Davies said it should have read "both boys were stopped."
Acquitting the officer, district judge Richard Williams said: "I find him not guilty on each of the counts."