Christopher Cruise (57) grabs the child’s coat from the disturbing footage and drags it across the corridor. As if about to kick, he raises his leg in a threatening manner.
As he is being taken to his school for special education needs, the boy’s legs are trailing behind him. He sustained injuries to his knee.
Cruise was found guilty of assault, but he resigned from his position at Merseyside police before the force’s discipline process ended. Cruise was found guilty last month of gross misconduct. He would have been fired if he continued to be on the payroll.
The police officer entered a school and inquired if the victims were still crying.
He then pointed at one of the children and said: “You’re next,” reports Liverpool Echo today.
Officers were also informed by a teacher that Cruise tried to intimidate them to stop him from reporting the incident during another conversation the following day.
Cruise was released from jail after the Jan 2020 attack and fined PS800. He also had to pay PS100 compensation and PS500 prosecution costs.
He appealed and was awarded a PS1,620 additional bill as court costs.
Former school liaison officer, the defendant is part of Merseyside Police’s Safer Schools Unit. This unit was created to protect young people.
After the Crewe Magistrates Court sentencing, a relative to the child said, “I believe he should’ve been in prison.”
His sentence was very lenient. “He is a bully. That’s all he really is. “
She said earlier that she did not know anything about the incident until her mother called.
We didn’t take it to court. That was Merseyside police and the school.
He has autism, and struggles with a lot. His head is younger than a five-year old.
He is small, despite his growth issues.
We are all furious. He has had enough of his days.”
His family claims that he has not spoken to his father about the attack and is still not sure what caused it.
Detective Superintendent Cheryl Rhodes, from the Professional Standards Department of the force, said that after the misconduct hearing had concluded: “Merseyside police takes the professionalism of its officers-staff extremely seriously.
The actions of this officer do not reflect the behavior and standards of schools officers, who do an amazing job every day.
“Following the incident all schools officers underwent additional training in conjunction with the Merseyside Police training academy, School Improvement Liverpool and the local authority.
The public has high standards for our officers. We strive to live up to those expectations and make sure they meet them. Unfortunately, there are a few instances when officers fail to meet expectations. We will swiftly and effectively take action in order to keep the trust of the public. “
Publiated at Thu, 9 Sep 2021 09.23:00 +0000