Today, a court heard that a Met Police officer with a “fiery temper” avoided jail time after she held a man to the ground and beat him after he bit her.
PC Claudia Pastina, 30 years old, confronted Augustine Amatta at an address in Brixton, southwest London, on February 19, 2016 while responding to a police report.
PC Claudia Pastina, 30, pinned Augustine Amatta to the ground and assaulted him after he bit her, a court heard today. Pictured, PC Pastina at Westminster Magistrates Court
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr. Amatta told Pastina that he was the landlord of the Brixton Road home, but she doubted that he should have been there.
Body worn video captured PC Pastina forcing Mr. Amatta to the ground while yelling, “Stop kicking!” Listen, I’ll punch you in the face if you don’t stop talking.
What’s that? You will be incarcerated for three years. I could care less who you are.
PC Pastina of Woolwich, southeast London, admits to committing an attack by beating.
PC Pastina broke down in tears in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as she was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years. File image
Today, a court heard that PC Claudia Pastina, 30, pinned Augustine Amatta to the ground and beat him after he bit her. PC Pastina shown at Westminster Magistrates Court
The prosecutor, Jordan Pratt, stated to the court, ‘You may simplify this case – she was upset, lost her anger, and acted as she has.
Because of the words spoken and the defendant’s conduct, it is evident that this is rage, impatience, and annoyance.
He stated that PC Pastina had the option to take over the arrest of Mr. Amatta to a colleague, but she chose not to do so after being bitten by the suspect.
Because she was angry, she consciously chose not to do that [go away].
“She’s not used to responding to calls of this nature, but officer Pastina smacks the man on the head in this body-worn video.”
Every time a police officer responds to a crime scene, they run the risk of being assaulted.
“However, this is not a civilian; this is a military officer who voluntarily placed herself in the line of fire.”
According to a report filed to the court, PC Pastina has a “short and angry temper.”
Mr. Pratt stated that the police officer acted “entirely unreasonable” and that her conduct constituted “a misuse of authority or a breach of trust.”
PC Pastina wept in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court as she was sentenced to 16 weeks of suspended jail for two years. File image
The defense attorney, Luke Ponte, described PC Pastina as “thoughtful, dedicated, and hardworking” but added, “It may be difficult to reconcile what you have seen on the body worn camera film.”
He told the court that she is still an active police officer, but that her conviction will surely have professional repercussions.
Mr. Ponte stated, “She apologizes to both the victim and the Metropolitan Police for her behavior.”
It was an emergency call that she was responding to. Mr. Amatta was threatening people with a brick and acting strangely throughout the altercation, according to the call.
Mr. Amatta allegedly bit another officer’s arm through his shirt, and attempts to communicate with him failed.
‘Of course, cops must exercise restraint, but her psychiatric background makes her an unusual case. It was the first time she had been assaulted at work with such severity.
The district judge Annabel Pilling stated to PC Pastina, “The body camera footage is not aesthetically pleasing.” The officer I observed differs from the officer described in the reports.
I observed a police officer using foul, venomous words, and it appeared like her anger got the best of her.
‘It is right that up until that point you were someone of good character, even exemplary character, but the flip-side is that makes it far worse.
You committed a crime by crossing the line while attempting to restrain an unstable and potentially dangerous defendant.
PC Pastina wept in the dock as she was sentenced to 16 weeks of incarceration suspended for two years