West Midlands PC cleared of Taser assault charge


A police officer who shot a workman in the face with a Taser has been cleared of an assault charge.

PC Jonathon Hillier, a serving West Midlands Police officer, told Birmingham Crown Court he had feared he would be assaulted.

But prosecutors alleged his use of the Taser on Scott Cutler in Ellerton Road, Birmingham, on February 22 last year was “an unreasonable and criminal act”.

PC Hiller was found not guilty by a unanimous verdict.

The 38-year-old officer, from Sutton Coldfield, had denied a charge of actual bodily harm, claiming he acted reasonably and lawfully.

He said he had initially tried to handcuff Mr Cutler for allegedly breaching public order laws, but was hindered by him struggling.

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