Nottingham arrest policeman 'used reasonable force'
A former Nottinghamshire police officer accused of assaulting a man he was trying to arrest has told a court he used reasonable force.
Timothy Allatt, 33, denies punching and kicking Jake Bramley during the arrest in Nottingham in July last year.
Mansfield Magistrates' Court has been told Mr Bramley was also thrown against a wall before being handcuffed.
Giving evidence, Mr Allatt admitted landing a blow but said he had used a recognised arrest technique.
Mr Bramley had been chased into Sandringham Road after police stopped him and three other occupants of Ford Fiesta on suspicion of theft.
Mr Allatt told the court he used the authorised technique of a distraction strike with his open hand on Bramley's cheek while using the other hand to take him down to the ground.
He said: "As I got very close to Mr Bramley I pushed my right arm forwards with open hand, with my palm more pronounced, it went forwards at my shoulder level towards the left side of Mr Bramley's face.
"At the same time I brought my left arm up to take hold of the upper side of Mr Bramley, to take hold of the clothing of Mr Bramley."
Mr Allatt said that by pushing and pulling with both arms he was able to bring Mr Bramley to the ground in order to carry out a lawful arrest.
He did not throw him against a wall or on to the floor, nor did he kick him, he said.
Mr Allatt added: "I took him down in a controlled manner."
He also told the court other officers arrived to assist him and "piled on", meaning they used their body weight to pin Mr Bramley down before his hands could be cuffed.
Mr Bramley was taken to the force's custody suite after his arrest but later went to Queen's Medical Centre where he received treatment for a collapsed lung and facial injuries.
The court also heard that Mr Allatt, who had been a police constable for more than 11 years and had received four commendations, was dismissed in April this year after a police tribunal made a finding against him for unreasonable force.
He has since appealed against the decision.
Summing up the defence case, Mr Allatt's solicitor, Damian Kelly, told district judge Diane Baker that the Crown had not proved his client assaulted Mr Bramley and there was no forensic evidence to back up the allegation.
Judge Baker adjourned the trial until Tuesday when she said she would give a verbal and written judgment.