This has to be the lamest defence I have heard for Police brutality, thank God she was not on the Tube and he had a gun.
City of Westminster Magistrates' Court was shown the footage and told it captured Sgt Smellie, who was wearing protective armour and gloves, first "backhanding" Miss Fisher in the face then hitting her with the asp baton "with some force".
The court was told Sgt Smellie felt he had to act because she was carrying "weapons".
However, Miss Fisher was only carrying a small camera in her right hand and a carton of orange juice in the left.
Nick Paul, prosecuting, said Sgt Smellie told investigators that Miss Fisher had "refused to obey orders".