Police officer seen on video shooting prisoner after being hit with his underpantsBy Mason White 11:48 AM May 1, 2014
|Police officer shooting Daniel Dove|
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A prisoner was shot with a Taser after he threw his underpants at a police officer, a video uploaded to the Internet showed.
30-year-old Lee Birch, was arrested and charged with assault for firing at the prisoner.
However, he was acquitted of assault and misconduct by a jury. The incident began when Daniel Dove threw his underpants at the officer after he was ordered to undress for a search.
The 23-year-old Dove was arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct outside a nightclub. On the video Birch can be seen unclipping his Taser from the holster within seconds of entering the cell.
After being shot, Dove is seen falling to the ground while Birch said: “You assaulted me. Do not do that again.” During the trial the court heard that throughout his detention Dove was obedient and Birch gave no reason for opening fire.
A jury took just 60 minutes to acquit the police officer of assault causing bodily harm and misconduct. Dove was arrested outside a nightclub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.