Of Toni Comer, the Sheffield woman whose arrest, captured on CCTV, has caused such concern:
In a statement, Pc Mulhall said: “As her hands became free she tried to grab handfuls of my genitals and knee and kick me in the same place.”
He said he had punched her to subdue her and then to “deaden her arm”.
For what it’s worth, I asked a colleague, a retired Police Officer, what he made of Pc Mulhall’s contention he was repeatedly hitting her arm to deaden it. He said that training may well have changed since his day, but then they were told not to try to use that sort of restraint. Instead, they were shown a way of gripping the suspect’s arm, just above the elbow, putting pressure between the muscles in such a way as effectively to immobilise you because it hurts so much if you try to struggle while they put the handcuffs on you.
He demonstrated the grip on me, and he’s right — so long as you don’t move, it doesn’t hurt much, but try to struggle and you quickly change your mind. As he said, training may have changed, but he was a tad suspicious about the officer’s account.