This is the shocking moment a drunk thug acted “like a savage” by biting down on a police officer’s FINGER while handcuffed.
Brute Daniel Brearley, 43, mauled PC Morgan Taylor after being arrested for smashing a friend in the face with a pint glass.
The horrific attack was captured on the constable’s bodyworn camera, who was set upon as he attempted to restrain Brearley.
In the footage, it shows Brearley under arrest and pinned against a police car screaming obscenities at two police officers at the scene.
He then suddenly lashes out at one officer who can be heard shouting “stop biting me” before Brearley is wrestled to the ground.
A court heard the officer is still waiting for the all-clear from blood tests taken after the attack in August this year.
Brearley, from Elland, West Yorks., pleaded guilty to wounding his friend Ashley Dodd and also admitted a charge of assault in respect of the officer.
He was jailed for three years at Bradford Crown Court on Monday this week.
The court heard that Brearley had previous convictions for violence and had spat at officers in the past.
Brearley was caught on CCTV smashing an empty pint glass into the face of his friend Ashley Dodd during an incident at the Courtyard pub in Halifax, West Yorks.,
Prosecutor Andrew Horton said Brearley had been asked to leave the pub because of his aggressive behaviour and attacked his friend who had been trying to calm him down.
The glass shattered on impact and although Mr Dodd only suffered a cut under his eye Judge Jonathan Rose told Brearley he could have blinded his victim or left him badly scarred.
The judge was also shown the officer’s bodycam footage of Brearley sitting handcuffed in the rear of a police car and being told to get out if he wanted to spit.
After getting out, Brearley is filmed spitting on the ground and then heard threatening to spit in the officer’s face.
As the officer put his left hand near Brearley’s mouth the defendant bit down hard on his little finger causing him “immense pain”.
While Brearley is restrained on the ground the footage shows the officer receiving treatment for the bite wound to his finger.
The court heard that Brearley had 36 previous convictions for over 60 offences on his record and at the time of the two attacks in August he was already subject to two community orders.
Judge Rose said Brearley had acted “like a savage” in biting the officer and custody could be the only outcome for those who attacked officers.
The judge noted that since the incident the officer had laboured under the fear that Brearley may have infected him with a disease.
He said: “The blame you tried to attribute to Mr Dodd and the officer demonstrates that you do not have any remorse for those people both of whom were entirely innocent victims of your vicious behaviour that night.”
Brearley was jailed for 16 months for each attack with an additional four months imposed in place of the two community orders.
Speaking after the sentencing, Chief Constable Dee Collins, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “You join the police force to protect others from harm but unfortunately we are increasingly seeing frontline officers and staff subjected to violent attacks as they work to keep our communities safe.
“It is estimated that nationally a police officer is assaulted every four minutes.
“This is simply unacceptable. Being spat at, wrestled, hit and kicked should not be part of the day job.
“The uniform shouldn’t be seen as a reason to attack someone but, quite the opposite, it should be a reason not to.”
by Nathan Sandhu
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