Police officer, 30, jailed after assaulting cyclist and teenage boySeptember 10, 2021
Police officer, 30, is jailed for six months after being caught on CCTV attacking cyclist, 44, and kicking and punching teenage boy, 15, during first lockdown
- PC Declan Jones assaulted two members of the public during first lockdown
- One attack was on a 15-year-old boy while Jones was on duty in Birmingham
- He kicked and punched the boy, who was wrongly accused of drugs offences
- Jones, 30, was also filmed dragging a cyclist off his bicycle in middle of street
- He was found guilty of two counts of assault, but acquitted of a third offence
PC Declan Jones (pictured), 30, carried out the attacks, one on a 15-year-old boy, on consecutive days in Birmingham in April last year
A former police officer has been jailed after he was caught on CCVT assaulting a cyclist and teenage boy while on duty.
PC Declan Jones, 30, attacked his victims, a 15-year-old boy and a 44-year-old cyclist, on consecutive days in Birmingham in April last year.
The West Midlands Police officer was recorded pulling a 44-year-old cyclist to the floor before punching him and kicking him and later pushing his face into the bonnet of a patrol vehicle.
Less than 24-hours later he was filmed kicking and punching a teenage boy after after wrongly accusing him of possessing drugs.
He was today sentenced to six months behind bars at a Birmingham Court for his role in the horrifying attacks.
Disgraced officer Jones was also dismissed from the force without notice by West Midlands Police Chief Constable Sir David Thompson at a hearing earlier this week.
Jones, who joined the force in 2015, had been suspended since May last year following the two assaults.
While his female colleague held Mr Rose down, Jones was seen on CCTV (pictured) punching him three times in the back while appearing to bang his head on the bonnet of the patrol car
The next day Jones was caught on camera kicking a 15-year-old, who has not been named for legal reasons, on the ground
At a trial in June, the court was shown CCTV of Jones pulling innocent Michael Rose, 44, off his bicycle in the middle of the street in Frederick Road, Aston, on April 20 last year.
While Mr Rose was held down by a female officer, Jones punched him three times in the back while appearing to bang his head on the bonnet of the patrol car.
Disturbing footage shows the officer only stopping the attack when a silver Ford Focus drove past the scene.
Former West Midlands PC Declan Jones was jailed at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today.
Judge Shamim Qureshi told ex-Pc Jones: ‘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.’
Sir David Thompson said his case also involved a ‘national concern’ surrounding the use of force by the police on members of the black community.
The assaults were investigated by the Independence Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) but the board did not find Jones guilty of gross misconduct over the discrimination allegations made by the victims.
Footage shows him grappling with the youngster in Melbourne Avenue in Newton the day after the attack on Mr Rose
The officer then appears to punch the man again before kneeing him in the side as his colleague puts the handcuffs on.
Several passers-by appeal to the officer to stop, but Jones responds by body slamming Mr Rose against the car.
The next day Jones was caught on camera kicking a 15-year-old, who has not been named for legal reasons, while on the ground.
Footage shows him grappling with the youngster in Melbourne Avenue in Newton the day after the attack on Mr Rose.
Jones claimed he had used reasonable force in self-defence but he was found guilty of using unlawful force after a five-day trial at Coventry Magistrates’ Court.
District Judge Shamim Qureshi said the first two complainants were of good character, rejecting Jones’ claims that the victims were only seeking compensation.
He said: ‘None of the complainants went immediately to the police to allege assault. They only did so after being advised in the community.’
Finding Jones guilty of assaulting Mr Rose, who he believed had stolen his mobile phone, Judge Qureshi said: ‘It follows the use of force to restrain him was unlawful.
‘The use of the knee and throwing punches was unlawful as was the use of spray by PC Edwards.
‘I conclude PC Jones was abusing his powers and was not using reasonable force to detain Michael Rose.
Jones (pictured outside court today) was charged in October 2020 after an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) inquiry
‘Michael Rose did not throw any punches or kicks if he had he could be acting in self-defence.’
Finding Jones guilty of attacking the 15-year-old boy, Judge Qureshi said: ‘When a police officer can be seen on a video to kick at a 15-year-old boy on the ground, people would lose faith in the police force.
‘The offence in charge two was complete at the point of the punch and kick.
‘I find that PC Jones’ punch and kick were both unnecessary and an unlawful use of force against P, and I am satisfied so as to be sure that charge two is proved.’
Clearing Jones of the third assault, Judge Qureshi said: ‘Since all other attempts including a baton to restrain the man had already failed, I go on to conclude that PC Jones used proportionate force.’
Jones was charged in October 2020 after an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) inquiry.
The probe from the IOPC was launched amid allegations of excessive use of force.
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