Case study: Hampshire - head slammed on ground
PC Kerry Lawrence was attacked by a drunk who repeatedly slammed her head against the ground.
The Hampshire officer attended a suspected domestic burglary in Basingstoke. She found the suspect outside chatting to the home owner and claiming to have mistaken the house for his own due to his drunken state.
PC Lawrence said: “He started off friendly and compliant so I cuffed him at the front and placed him in the back of the police car. I was thinking to drive him home and ticket him the next day.”
However, it emerged the suspect’s behaviour had caused distress and he was evasive when questioned. PC Lawrence decided to arrest him. Suddenly, he leapt out of the car, and struck her with force. In the ensuing struggle she ended up on the floor and had her head smashed against the concrete several times by the attacker.
Thankfully she had been able to activate her panic button and colleagues were quickly on the scene. The man was caught and later jailed for three years. PC Lawrence suffered a concussion and considerable mental anguish.
She said: “This is by far the worst thing that has happened to me in 14 years of policing. It made me hypervigilant and affected my confidence. I still bare the scars of it. My force and local Federation were very supportive though, and I always advise colleagues to make a detailed Victim Personal Statement if they are assaulted. It can make a real difference at court.”
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