. PC Lee Birch was cleared of assault at Bristol Crown Court this week
. PC Birch, 30, zapped Daniel Dove after the suspect threw his pants at him
. Mr Dove, 23, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly
. Court heard he felt ‘humiliated’ when stripping for search and reacted
. He hurled his dirty underpants at PC Birch hitting him in the face
. Taser gun deployed for seven seconds rendering Mr Dove immobile
. Footage was leaked by a concerned member of the public
By Lizzie Parry
This footage reveals the moment a police officer sent a naked suspect crashing to the floor with a Taser gun.
PC Lee Birch, 30, zapped Daniel Dove with the 50,000-volt weapon after he threw his dirty underpants in his face.
Mr Dove, 23, had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside a nightclub and was ordered to strip naked for a search once inside a police cell.
But he felt ‘humiliated’ at the way he was being treated and hurled his boxers in a ‘split second’ fit of temper.
PC Birch, who responded by immediately drawing his Taser, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and misconduct in public office.
A jury took just 60 minutes to acquit the Wiltshire police officer on both charges at Bristol Crown Court.
But despite a judge ruling the horrifying footage could now be released to the media, Patrick Geenty, Wiltshire’s Chief Constable, objected.
The video was later leaked to ITV West Country by a concerned member of the public.
PC Lee Birch was cleared of the charges against him at Bristol Crown Court this week…