Hero PC who once saved woman's life is SACKED after assaulting teen

Police officer hailed a hero for saving young woman from suicide is SACKED after grappling with abusive spitting teen during Covid pandemic

  • PC Graeme Gale, of North Yorkshire Police, admitted assaulting teen boy at court
  • Gale had unblemished record and was once commended for saving woman’s life
  • Misconduct panel ruled he should be dismissed over the altercation in July 2021
  • Panel heard PC Gale felt ‘disrespectedafter boy spat near him during pandemic
  • PC Graeme Gale has been sacked for assaulting a 14-year-old boy during a heated exchange outside a shop where he says the teenager was being antisocial

    PC Graeme Gale has been sacked for assaulting a 14-year-old boy during a heated exchange outside a shop where he says the teenager was being antisocial

    A hero police officer who once saved a woman’s life has been fired for grappling with an abusive teen who spat near him during the pandemic.

    PC Graeme Gale, 43, was out shopping with his wife while on sick leave with 萧条 when the teenager spat on the ground after a heated exchange with the officer who said the boy was being antisocial with his group of friends.

    He snapped after being ‘disrespectedby the 14-year-old and pulled him off a wall he had been sitting on, 有人说.

    少年, whom PC Gale did not know was autistic, suffered sore ribs and scratches to the back of the neck during the scuffle in the market town of Richmond, 北约克郡, 在七月 14 去年.

    A misconduct hearing was told the North Yorkshire officer was off duty at the time and was also on sick leave due to stress.

    He had an 18 and a half year unblemished career with the force both as a serving police officer and Police and Community Support Officer.

    The hearing was told he had taken part in multiple schemes which had had a significant impact on rural crime and helped keep young people out of trouble.

    He had also received a Royal Humane Society Award for risking his own life to stop a young woman jumping off a bridge over the A1.

    The hearing was told that in March last year, the woman was on the wrong side of the railings and without regard to his own safety ‘he reached over to grab the young woman as she was about to jump’.

    But PC Gale’s downfall came while out shopping with his wife at the Premier corner shop in Richmond, 他住在哪儿.

    The teenager and his friends were hanging around outside the store being ‘loud and offensive’, 听证会被告知.

    There was an altercation between the 14-year-old boy and the officer as he entered the store at around 6.15pm.

    As PC Gale left, the boy was seen on CCTV spitting on the ground as he walked past.

    The panel heard PC Gale was shopping with his wife when he crossed paths with the group of teens who were being 'loud and offensive' outside the Premier shop in Richmond (图为)

    The panel heard PC Gale was shopping with his wife when he crossed paths with the group of teens who were being ‘loud and offensiveoutside the Premier shop in Richmond (图为)

    PC Gale grabbed the youth around the neck and forced him to the ground.

    The teenager quickly regained his feet and there was a struggle before the officer, who had drunk four pints of beer earlier in the afternoon, released him.

    The teenager’s friend then called the police control room to say his friend had been assaulted.

    男孩, who was given a hospital check up, later told police officers he was also ‘scaredby what had happened.

    同月, the officer was notified he had been recognised by the Royal Humane Society for his life-saving efforts months earlier.

    PC Gale admitted common assault at Teesside Magistrates Court and was given a 12 month community order on December 17 along with £85 costs and a £95 surcharge.

    Det Ch insp Jo Brooksbank, for the force, told the disciplinary panel: ‘His view is officers are never off duty.

    ‘He said he was subject to considerable provocation. He always had the option to simply walk away. He chose not to.

    At Teesside Magistrates Court, the officer admitted assault and was given a community order

    At Teesside Magistrates Court, the officer admitted assault and was given a community order

    The panel heard the teenager was vulnerable because he was autistic.

    ‘That may not have been apparent at the time but his age would be,’ 她补充说.

    Police Federation Rep Rob Bowles said: ‘He thoroughly accepts he reacted poorly to an incident which lasted only a few minutes.

    ‘He was subject to provocation and this was highlighted by the District Judge who gave him a more lenient sentence.

    ‘She also refused compensation and she addedspitting during the pandemic was simply inexcusable”.’

    The officer did not accept the level of injuries that the teenager claimed to have suffered.

    North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Lisa Winward, who chaired the hearing, 说过: ‘This was a serious incident involving a sustained assault on someone vulnerable.

    She added there was ‘a real risk of more serious injury being causedand ‘the only appropriate outcome is dismissal without notice’.

    PC Gale was also placed in a barring register, preventing him getting any job similar to police work.

    He admitted gross misconduct but his representative had pleaded for him to be let off with a final warning due to his unblemished career.

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