Officer cleared of kneeling on man’s head

By April Norris

PC Christopher Wentworth, 40, has been found not guilty for assault after the video of him taken by a member of the public who shared it on social media, which showed him kneeling on another man’s head.

The incident occurred after an arrest was made on a man who was under suspicion of drink-driving after a car crash at Grosvenor Road around 17:40 in Westcliff-on-sea, on 21 March 2021.

The suspect lunged at the officer in the video and in response the officer took him to the ground where he was restrained.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has also investigated a referral from Essex Police after a complaint was made against PC Wentworth, by the suspect for the force used during his arrest.

During the investigation PC Wentworth of Shoeburyness, Essex, said he had punched the suspect in self-defence after he was bitten by him.

A IOPC spokesman said: “During our investigation… investigators interviewed the officer, the complainant, and reviewed statements obtained by the police. Investigators also reviewed body worn footage, CCTV, and mobile phone footage.

“At the end of our investigation, we referred a file to the CPS which authorised the charge of assault by beating.”