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AUTISTIC Boy, 10, curls up in fear as bully police officer, 57, launches sickening assault at school


A ten-year-old boy was seen curling up in fear as a 'bully' police officer launched a sickening assault at a school.


CCTV from a school corridor captured the boy, who has severe autism, trying to crawl away in terror from Merseyside Police officer Christopher Cruise, 57.


As the recording begins the boy, aged 10, is on the floor when Pc Cruise raises his leg threateningly as if he is going to launch a kick.


The boy attempts to crawl through a door before Cruise reaches down, grabs him by the hood of his coat and drags him across the corridor while the boys legs trail behind him.


The child was left with injuries to his knee following the attack, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Cruise retired before the force's disciplinary process concluded


Cruise, a former school liaison officer, was convicted of assault against the boy at Crewe Magistrates' Court - a conviction upheld by a judge at Chester Crown Court following an unsuccessful appeal.


The incident took place in January 2020, at a special educational needs school in the Liverpool area.


Cruise retired before the force's disciplinary process concluded, but at a hearing last month Cruise was found guilty of gross misconduct and would have been sacked if he remained on the payroll.

That hearing was told that after the incident Cruise walked into a classroom and asked the children if they could hear the victim crying.

The boy attempts to crawl through a door before Cruise reaches down, grabs him by the hood of his coat and drags him across the corridor ( Image: Merseyside Police)


He then pointed at one of the children and said: “You’re next”.


A teacher at the school also told officers he felt Cruise was trying to intimidate him to prevent him reporting the assault during a conversation later the same day.


After being found guilty by magistrates, Cruise, part of the force's Safer Schools unit, was fined £800 and ordered to pay £100 in compensation, as well as £500 in prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

His appeal landed him with a further £1,620 bill in court costs.


A relative of the child, who did not want to be named, told the ECHO: "I think he should have been put in prison.


"His sentence was so lenient. He is a bully, that's all he is, just a bully."


Speaking earlier about the incident, she added: "We did not even know about it until Careline called his mum.


"We didn't even take it to court, that was the school and Merseyside Police.


"He has autism and he struggles a lot. He is much younger in his head, more like a five year old.



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