Police body camera captures shocking moment a thug punches an officer in the face as he arrests him

A drunken man ended up face down on the pavement in seconds after punching a police officer in the face while he was being arrested for something else.

A body-worn camera captured the shocking footage of Edward Elsden-Smith punching the officer before being taken down to the ground and arrested for assaulting an officer.

The 22-year-old admitted assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage and breaching a community order at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on March 12.

He also admitted breaching a suspended prison sentence he was handed for head-butting another police officer and assaulting two more officers in Worthing, West Sussex, last May.

Detective Sergeant Kieran McDonald said: ‘Elsden-Smith’s behaviour and actions were outrageous and violent towards the officer who was trying to protect the public.

‘Our officers and staff find themselves in a wide variety of often unpredictable and fast moving situations.

Edward Elsden-Smith, 22, was seen kicking a wing mirror off a car in Worthing when the Sussex police officer tried to arrest him

Edward Elsden-Smith, 22, was seen kicking a wing mirror off a car in Worthing when the Sussex police officer tried to arrest him

Edward Elsden-Smith, 22, was seen kicking a wing mirror off a car in Worthing when the Sussex police officer tried to arrest him

Edward Elsden-Smith was jailed after pleading guilty at Worthing Magistrates' Court on 12 March

Edward Elsden-Smith was jailed after pleading guilty at Worthing Magistrates' Court on 12 March

Edward Elsden-Smith was jailed after pleading guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 12 March

‘We do not believe that any form of assault is acceptable and should never be viewed as part of the job.

‘We don’t tolerate violence against anyone in Sussex including our own officers and staff and are robust in pursuing the offenders and bringing them to justice.’

The court heard two police officers were on patrol in the same town on February 23 just before 11pm when they received a report of a drunk man acting aggressively.

They saw him kick at a parked car and break the wing mirror off.

He approached their marked police car and threatened them before they had even spoken to him.

As they went to arrest him for criminal damage, he began attacking the officers and punched one of them in the face.

Lashing out: The man can be seen resisting the arrest by throwing a punch at the unbelieving officer

Lashing out: The man can be seen resisting the arrest by throwing a punch at the unbelieving officer

Lashing out: The man can be seen resisting the arrest by throwing a punch at the unbelieving officer

The officers forehead was cut and the punch caused bruising and swelling to his eye and nose.

But Elsden-Smith was quickly restrained by the efficient coppers and taken into custody.

Elsden-Smith, of Worthing, West Sussex, has now been jailed for 18 weeks and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115 and £85 costs. 

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