Brighton police officer cleared of assaulting prisoner

Posted On 23 Apr 2012 at 7:32 pm

A Brighton police officer has been cleared of assaulting a man who was being held down on the floor by three colleagues.

PC Sebastian Day, 26, a response officer from Brighton, was found not guilty of common assault after a trial at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court in Kent.

PC Day kicked Adam Riley in the head in North Street, Brighton, near the taxi rank in East Street, and left the detained man with a large gash on his face close to his eye.

Mr Riley was being arrested for being drunk and disorderly in the early hours of Sunday 4 September last year.

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The officer said that Mr Riley had assaulted him and presented further danger and that kicking him was the only option.

Although PC Day has been acquitted of assault he remains suspended by the force.

Sussex Police said in a statement: “His suspension will be reviewed and the case will be assessed as to whether standards of professional behaviour have been breached.”

  1. Valerie Paynter, Reply

    How was a man on his face on the ground, held there by two other officers, presenting any kind of danger to this creampuff of an officer? I fail to see how kicking a man in the face in this situation was justified or how it says anything reassuring about this officer.

    What if that drunk had lost an eye? I’m disappointed in the verdict, frankly.

  2. mark Reply

    you kick a policeman you would get 5 to start
    police man get away with murder

  3. michael coughtrey Reply

    You should read what they did to my brother ‘see Brighton Scandal’

  4. mark Reply

    i have got one for you the old lady in whitehawk
    jewish i called today the argus to say myself
    plus others have a 700 pound reward plus 2000.leaflets
    to catch who ever done the damage to the old lady
    i called news desk soon has i said the word jewish lady down went the phone

  5. Brighton scandal Reply

    P.C.Cameron now D.C.Cameron lied and gained a bravery award for something that neverhappen

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