No charges yet on cop puncher

POLICE investigations are continuing into Friday's blue between a police officer and an elderly man.

Raymond “Bill” Morrissey was left badly bruised after the incident at Pottsville's shopping centre and his 76-year-old wife Faye was knocked to the ground.

Police said yesterday they were still looking in to the incident and Mr Morrissey confirmed he had not heard from police yesterday or been charged with any offence.

At 11am on Friday morning Mr Morrissey became involved in an argument with a Tweed Heads highway patrol officer over his method of stopping a vehicle in Pottsville.

Mr Morrissey alleges the police car sped through Pottsville and activated its siren outside the shopping centre, which gave people a shock.

When he told the officer he thought it had been unnecessary, an argument began and then the officer tried to arrest the 79-year-old. But Mr Morrissey says he refused to be arrested and a struggle began, during which his wife was allegedly knocked to the ground.

This made him really angry and he admits to “planting one” on the officer's jaw when he was not allowed to help his wife up from the ground.

Mr Morrissey says the police officer involved overreacted.



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