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Northern Ireland police officer cleared of breaking woman's arm

By Adrian Rutherford

A PSNI officer has been cleared by a watchdog of breaking a woman's arm by twisting it behind her back.

The woman alleged she had been forced to the ground by police outside a nightclub. Her claim related to an incident in Co Londonderry last December.

The woman said her arm was broken when the officer pulled it behind her to apply handcuffs.

She also alleged that officers had refused to remove the handcuffs while she was being taken in a police car to a police station, despite it being obvious that she was in considerable pain.

However, a Police Ombudsman investigator obtained CCTV footage that showed the woman's son had tried to interfere in her arrest by grabbing and holding on to her.

The officer tried to release the son's grip by pulling him away from his mother. But he resisted and both he and his mother fell to the ground.

The officer who applied the handcuffs denied using excessive force and said it was more likely the fracture happened during the fall. He denied they refused to remove the handcuffs during the journey to the police station.

The Police Ombudsman investigator said the evidence did not justify disciplinary action.

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