Police officer violently assaults woman walking home alone – but keeps his job

Shocking footage shows the moment a police officer violently assaulted a woman in a “misogynistic” attack.

PC Oliver Banfield, a probationary officer with West Midlands Police, grabbed Emma Homer on a dark street last July.

He used techniques taught during police training to try to tackle the mum-of-two to the ground and put her in a headlock.

Miss Homer, 36, managed to flee from the scene as Banfield, who had been on a night out, branded her a “f slag”.

A court heard the 25-year-old remains in his post with West Midlands Police despite admitting a charge of assault by beating.

He now faces a gross misconduct probe – with the force confirming he had continued to work since it happened, albeit after being “removed from public-facing police duties”.

He was spared jail and ordered to pay £500 in compensation, wear an electronic tag and sentenced to a 14-week night-time curfew.

Banfield put Ms Homer in a headlock and dragged her across the pavement, yelling: “On the floor now, on the floor now.”

It happened just yards from her home in Warwickshire, and she said she is now too scared to walk the streets as Banfield lives nearby.

Ms Homer told Channel 4 News: “He got me on the floor. It was like he was pretending to be in a cop film, calling for back up, how an officer would arrest somebody, like he was in a film.

“He got me on the floor, round the neck, screaming and shouting aggressively.

“I had to investigate myself, I found out there was a police officer called Oli who lived around the corner.

“From the moment I reported the attack, I wasn’t taken seriously.

“I’m ok but not ok, I’ve never experienced anxiety before, never really understood it to be honest, until now, it’s messed with me quite a bit.”

She said that it was only after her family persisted that police took any action.

She said it took more than 30 hours for the police to take a phone statement.

Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine, said: “Oliver Banfield was removed from public-facing police duties after the assault and while the investigation by Warwickshire Police was being carried out.

“To protect the criminal case we’ve not been able to carry out our own misconduct investigation until it’s conclusion.

“Now sentencing has taken place, our investigation will be carried out and PC Banfield faces allegations of gross misconduct and is currently suspended.

“We understand the strength of feeling surrounding the desperately sad death of Sarah Everard and concerns on the issue of women’s safety but it would not be appropriate for us to comment further at this stage.

“Our role is to protect the public, who should be able to trust us. We therefore hold all our officers to the highest standards and we will take appropriate action against anyone whose actions fall below what is expected.”

In a statement Warwickshire Police said: “We recognise the strength of feeling that has come about as a result of Sarah Everard’s tragic death and understand the concerns relating to violence against women and girls nationally.

“In relation to this specific case… we acknowledge that, due to internal process errors, the initial response to the report of the assault was not as swift as it should have been, and an apology has been issued with regards to this.

“How victims of crime are treated is of paramount importance to Warwickshire Police, and much time is spent reviewing our services and identifying where improvements can be made. We remain committed to protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities from harm, responding to concerns of abuse, supporting victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.”