Steven Rea, 39, of Baleside Close, Chelsfield, is charged with one count of common assault after the incident at Bexleyheath Police Station on October 13 last year.
The youngster, who was 14 at the time, had been arrested on suspicion of stealing a bottle of vodka from Iceland in Erith town centre.And despite the worry from the progressives about how stressful and intimidating young people find interaction with the justice system, he wasn't exactly chastened by his experience:
Defence counsel Billy Emlyn Jones suggested the youngster provoked the attack by showing Rea his middle finger after he had been brought into custody.Lovely!
Nor was that all…
Mr Emlyn Jones added: "You have no respect for the police doing their job.
"You did absolutely nothing to cooperate when you had been arrested.
"You made their job as difficult as you possibly could deliberately.
"The police had no choice but to try and pick you up and get you to a cell using force."Still, I'm sure his brief has coached him well on how to be contrite and express regret now he’s in the d…
After viewing the footage the boy said: "You f**king mug. I haven't even seen this before and that is not right.
"I was drunk, that is what I am like when I am drunk.
"But what I did, I did not deserve that.
"It is not hard, they could have just picked me up and put me in a cell."Yes, indeed. Why should there be any consequences, he (quite reasonably) asks, when there haven’t been any up until now?