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A police officer who drove into a pedestrian before saying “thats how you deal with that” could find..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 18, 2018

A police officer who drove into a pedestrian before saying “thats how you deal with that” could find out today whether he can keep his job.

PC Rowan Huskisson, of Cambridgeshire police, saw the first day of his misconduct hearing take place yesterday (Tuesday) – where it is claimed his actions amount to gross misconduct.

The policing panel heard PC Huskisson was responding to a call from club bouncers in Cambridge city centre in May last year when the incident took place.

Sam Whitmore was being detained by the bouncers when he managed to wrestle free and started running down the road.

PC Huskisson chased Mr Whitmore in his marked police car before turning and aiming the car towards the pavement.

The police car mounted the pavement and hit Mr Whitmore before it stopped.

After striking Mr Whitmore and seeing him fall to the floor, police bodycam footage caught PC Huskisson saying: "That's how you deal with that".

The first day of the police misconduct hearing, held in Biggleswade Town Council offices, heard evidence from three witnesses: Mr Whitmore; Chris Griffiths – a former police officer who was on shift with PC Huskisson on the day of the incident; and Pc Huskisson himself who claimed the police car's anti-braking system prevented him from stopping sooner.

PC Huskisson said the idea that he wanted to deliberately run someone over was “unbelievable”.

The disciplinary hearing continues from 10am today (Wednesday) in Biggleswade Town Council offices, with submissions set to be heard before the policing panel reach their decision.

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