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Learning for Sussex Police officer over Brighton arrest

A Sussex Police Constable (PC) will be subject to learning over his part in the arrest of a 28-year-old man in Brighton in July.

The officer will now work with his supervisor to reflect on what happened, identify any actions required to put the issues right and learn from the incident to prevent reoccurrence.

He was one of several officers involved in the arrest of the man on suspicion of threats to cause criminal damage at an address in Montpelier Road on 7 July.

Video footage widely shared on social media showed only part of the incident, which was the restraint of the man. But our investigation focused on the use of force prior to the events shown in the video and we examined officers’ body worn video to see the full incident.

Our investigation found that the officer had a case to answer for misconduct concerning his use of force and that it would be appropriate to be dealt with by way of reflective practice.

Sussex Police agreed with our findings.

Regional Director Graham Beesley said: “This was a thorough and detailed investigation of an incident that attracted significant public interest at the time.

“Our investigation looked at the whole picture of the incident, not solely a social media snapshot, and found the best outcome was reflective practice for the officer over his use of force.”

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