Police officer jailed for assaulting two people after punching and kicking lad, 15, he falsely accused of having drugs

A DISGRACED cop has been jailed after he attacked two members of the public including a boy of 15 he falsely accused of having drugs.

Declan Jones, 30, was filmed punching and kicking the teenager a day after he also attacked an innocent cyclist while on duty in Birmingham during the first lockdown.

The West Midlands Police officer was booted from the force earlier this week for gross misconduct.

He was today jailed for six months at Birmingham Magistrates' Court after being convicted of assault.

Judge Shamim Qureshi said: "What we have here in this case is not simply an isolated incident.

"It was a difficult situation for the whole country, the first lockdown that this country has ever seen. The streets were pretty well deserted… there were not many people around to witness what was going on.

"I would be failing in my public duty to suspend your sentence."

The court heard how Jones and other officers had stopped members of the public for breaching Covid laws when he launched into the attack on a cyclist.

He dragged the innocent rider on to a car bonnet and punched him repeatedly on April 20 last year.

The following day went on to kick and punch a teenager he wrongly accused of carrying drugs.

CCTV footage of the attack was played to the court, showing Jones felling the teenager with a roundhouse punch and then aiming a kick as he cowered by a wall.

Prosecutors said Jones was annoyed the youth had "broken free" and was running off.

Jones said it was his "honest belief" the teenager had made a downward movement with one of his hands, causing him to fear for his safety, the court heard.

The videos do not show the police in a good light at all.

But the judge found Jones had used totally unnecessary force against the 15-year-old after he "stood in a surrender pose".

He said videos of the attacks, in which officers were shown not wearing face masks, were "disastrous" for police relations with the public and "embarrassing" to watch.

The judge told Jones: "It is noteworthy that in all three incidents, not a single officer wears a mask or face covering despite being issued with it by West Midlands Police.

"Nothing turns on this point in this trial, but I have to make the comment that the videos, some of which were released on social media, are disastrous for public relations.

"It is embarrassing for the court to watch police officers selectively enforcing coronavirus laws when it suits them to order people off the streets and to go home, and yet those officers are ignoring the coronavirus laws and operational orders themselves.

"The videos do not show the police in a good light at all."

After a week-long trial at Coventry Magistrates Court in June, Jones was cleared of assaulting a third complainant who was punched in the face on April 23.

The judge said the third incident had seen the officer use "proportionate" force as colleagues struggled to detain a man wearing a stab-proof vest in Handsworth.

The inquiry followed a probe by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) into claims of excessive force by police officers in the city.

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