School cop convicted of assaulting autistic schoolboy in UK

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10 Sep 2021, 6:26 am

https://boingboing.net/2021/09/09/uk-school-cop-convicted-of-assaulting-10-year-old-boy-with-autism.html

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A police officer who dragged a schoolboy with autism down a hallway and aimed a kick at him was convicted of assault at a magistrate's court and and found guilty of gross misconduct by a board of his fellow officers. The officer, named as Christopher Cruise, 57, must pay £3105 ($4300) in fines and compensation and was told he would have been fired had he not taken retirement immediately after the incident, which occured at a special education school he was stationed in in Liverpool, England.

Cruise also reportedly threatened another child—and a teacher who told him they would file a complaint about the incident. The leniency of the punishment has led to further anger online, especially given how appalling the CCTV footage is.


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