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Yorkshire police officer accused of punching suspect in the face

Written by on 05/10/2020

A police officer has been accused of repeatedly punching a person in the face just minutes after arresting them.

Police Constable Christopher Rhodes of South Yorkshire Police will face a misconduct hearing tomorrow after it was alleged that a person who had been arrested by PC Rhodes was left needing hospital treatment after being “repeatedly punched in the face”.

On May 30, 2017, PC Rhodes allegedly attended a scene in Rotherham on two occasions.

On the second occasion, it is alleged that a member of the public appeared drunk and that person (witness one) was arrested.

They were then allegedly handcuffed and placed in the rear of the police vehicle, with PC Rhodes next to them.

It is then claimed that PC Rhodes applied force to witness one, which was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable in the circumstances.

Witness one was allegedly “repeatedly punched in the face” and suffered swelling to their face, with a cut that needed to be glued in hospital.

A spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “The above alleged conduct breaches the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Use of Force and if proven would amount to gross misconduct.”

Gross misconduct would make it likely that PC Rhodes would be dismissed from his post.

The misconduct hearing will take place tomorrow at 10am.