In a great justification for stopping the roll-out of Tasers, CCTV footage has emerged of a police beating in Wigan, Greater Manchester of Afghanistan war hero Lance Corporal Mark Aspinall for what looks like verbally challenging the police. Whilst I don’t believe his behaviour appears remotely acceptable, does it deserve a beating by three policemen?
It is claimed that he was mistakenly identified by the officers who had been called to deal with a man causing a nuisance to paramedics in the centre of the town
Mr Aspinall was convicted of two counts of assault by Wigan magistrates after the three officers read statements that he had been “behaving violently” and “issuing challenges”.
He was given a three-month suspended prison sentence, ordered to serve 200 hours community service and told the pay the officers £250 compensation.
But the conviction was overturned after the video was shown at an appeal hearing at Liverpool Crown Court.