Nottingham arrest officer 'kicked suspect'
A police officer hit a suspect, threw him against a wall and kicked him during an arrest, a court has heard.
Timothy Allatt, 33, who was an officer with the Nottinghamshire force, is accused of assaulting Jake Bramley on a Nottingham street on 25 July last year.
Mansfield Magistrates' Court heard PC Daniel Moss say Mr Bramley then complained his nose had been broken.
Mr Allatt, who had been dealing with a report of a stolen vehicle, has pleaded not guilty.
Mr Bramley had been running from police after being stopped in the Lyndhurst Road area in the early hours of the morning.
PC Moss told the court the suspect had been hemmed in by police and parked cars and was then approached by PC Allatt.
He described a "thud" and Mr Bramley slumping to the ground, then being forced against a wall.
He continued: "I then saw PC Allatt at the time with his right foot jab Mr Bramley round the rib cage area.
"I stress that it was a jab and not a fast kick or anything like that. It was enough to arch his body up."
PC Moss added that he heard Mr Bramley saying "you broke my nose, you broke my nose" as he lay on the floor.
Mr Bramley was arrested, handcuffed and taken to a custody suite but after complaining of chest pains he was taken to Queen's Medical Centre for treatment.
Damian Kelly, for Mr Allatt, said it was their case that the officer's right hand was open "in order to carry out a palm heel strike".
He accepted that Mr Allatt had "used force in relation to the strike on Mr Bramley but as far as the pushing back or forwards into the box, or the officer grabbing him again and pushing him into the wall and then grabbing him again and throwing him to the ground, my client disputes all that".
The case continues.