Two Sussex Police officers charged with assault

Two Sussex Police officers will appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (December 10) to face charges of assault by beating.

Dec 9, 2020
By Tony Thompson

The charges against Police Constables Deborah Sands and Kris Green relate to an incident in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on May 19, when the two officers allegedly PAVA sprayed and struck a minor in the head when she was handcuffed inside a police vehicle following her arrest.

Sussex Police referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in July 2020 after the force reviewed body-worn video footage from the two officers.

The IOPC completed its investigation in November and passed a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, which authorised the assault charges contrary to section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

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