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Metropolitan police officers 'assaulted motorist'

Three police officers assaulted a motorist and his teenage passenger after stopping the driver for using a mobile phone, a court has heard.

Westminster Magistrates' Court was told the Scotland Yard officers left Lee Rosier, 24, and his 14-year-old passenger with cut lips and abrasions.

Mr Rosier was driving home from a classic car rally in west London when the officers allegedly attacked him.

PC Anthony Read, 35, PC Karl Bartlett, 42, and PC Colin Nye, 37, deny assault.

The court heard the officers pulled the Cosworth car over as it approached the A40 at Hanger Lane after Mr Rosier made a phone call while driving on 1 March 2011.

'Dragged out'

One of the officers from the Met's Territorial Support Group approached the car, opened the door and pulled Mr Rosier out before head-butting him, the jury was told.

Mr Rosier said: "He drags me out. It is lucky I had enough strength to put my feet on the floor or I would have fallen on my face."

In a statement to police at the time of the alleged incident he said he was then kneed in the back and forced down to the ground.

Mr Rosier's brother Billy told the court he was travelling behind in another car when the incident happened.

"I jumped out of the car. I saw what they were doing to my brother so I started running. They had his head in the kerb and they had him in handcuffs.

"It looked to me like they had their knees in his back."

'Abused'

Billy Rosier said he saw the 14-year-old was by the wall in handcuffs and had a cut lip.

Lee Rosier was given a fixed-penalty notice for using a mobile phone while driving, the court heard.

Det Mike Smith told the trial he took a complaint from Lee Rosier and his passenger later that night.

He said Mr Rosier had abrasions on the upper brow and forehead area as well as a cut lip and handcuff marks on both wrists.

Mr Smith added that the teenager had a 60mm (2in) scratch over his left eye as well as a redness on the cheekbone and a cut to the upper inside of his lower lip.

He said the teenager told him he had been abused and head-butted in the face, causing the officer's hat to fall off.

The trial continues.

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