Sussex Police Tasered-thief makes formal complaint to force

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Media captionPaul McClelland was Tasered while being arrested in Brighton in July

A shoplifter who was Tasered by Sussex Police while being arrested has put in a formal complaint against the force.

A video appearing to show an officer kicking Paul McClelland, who had been Tasered, was passed to the The Argus newspaper.

The incident happened in Western Road, Brighton, on 5 July.

Sussex Police confirmed the complaint had been lodged and it would be investigated by its Professional Standards Department.

McClelland pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer, common assault and theft, at Brighton Magistrates' Court on 5 September.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) had previously considered the case before passing it back to the force.

Sussex Police's Professional Standards Department then carried out an investigation and found no evidence of misconduct.

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