excuses for lawmen:
A judge has condemned an apparent police assault on a soldier who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Mark Aspinall, 24, was thrown to the ground by three uniformed officers after a night out with friends and punched eight times.
The violent arrest - caught on CCTV - shocked a crown court judge, who called it appalling.
What makes this crap even worse than that sounds?
Eventually, Mr Aspinall was bundled into a police van in handcuffs, with injuries to his face and neck. He was taken to Wigan police station and kept in custody for 20 hours.
He was charged with two counts of police assault and a public order offence.
On September 22, at Wigan magistrates' court, the officers read statements claiming Mr Aspinall had been behaving violently.
Despite viewing the footage, magistrates found him guilty of the assaults, sentenced him to community service and gave him a suspended-prison sentence. They also ordered him to pay £250 compensation.
So add 'miserable excuse for a jurist' to the plagues.
He lodged an appeal against the conviction and on November 13 at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Phipps saw the footage and asked: 'Where is this man of violence? I am shocked and appalled at the level of police violence shown here.'
The judge said he had 'great concerns' about the CCTV footage and questioned the truthfulness of the officers' statements.
'I would go as far as to say the statements contain untruths,' he added.
Gee, you think maybe?
Sounds like the police(there and here both, I'll add) need a refresher in Mr. Peel's Nine Principles.