Chesterfield PC sacked for ‘aiming kick’ at restrained man

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A Chesterfield police constable has been sacked for aiming a kick at a man while he was restrained on the floor.

PC Steven Parsons faced a disciplinary hearing where he fought for his job after being accused of gross misconduct.

At the start of the hearing, he was accused of kicking, or attempting to kick, a man while he was being restrained on the floor during an incident which happened in 2016, which he denied.

The case was then held over several days - some of it in private for legal reasons.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said a three-person panel at the hearing found that the allegation of kicking or attempting to kick the man had been proven and the officer was dismissed without notice.

The hearing was held at the former Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service building in Littleover last week.

PC Parsons also admitted transferring confidential data which was held by the force onto a device without the approval of the force.

He also admitted failing to take adequate steps to retain the device upon which the confidential data had been stored securely, with the result that he recklessly allowed it to pass to a member of the public.

PC Parsons was also accused of striking a child but Mark Pickard, chairman of Derbyshire Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers in the force, said the officer was cleared of that allegation.

Inspector Pickard accompanied Mr Parsons at the hearing, along with a lawyer, to offer support and listen to the evidence. Talking after the hearing, Mr Pickard said the officer was pleased the panel cleared him of the allegation of striking a child.

He said: “The panel found the allegation that he struck a child not proved. He always said from the start that this never happened and he has been very clear and adamant about that. Following the ruling on that allegation he feels vindicated and pleased with the outcome.

“On the other allegation that the panel said was proved to have happened, there is an appeals process in place for these misconduct hearings which he, like any other officer who has been dismissed, can take part in if he wishes.”