Officer's shock as woman coughed in face of two West Yorkshire police while shouting Covid

A West Yorkshire Police sergeant said it was 'hard to stay professional' after a woman coughed in the face of two officers while shouting 'Covid' during her arrest.

Sunday, 12th April 2020, 12:26 pm
Updated Sunday, 12th April 2020, 1:40 pm

Sergeant Green, posting on his professional West Yorkshire Police Twitter account, said the woman then proceeded to call the detention officer 'every name under the sun'.

The woman was arrested for two counts of assaulting a police officer.

It is not specified exactly where the incident occured, although Sgt Green is an officer covering Baildon and Bingley in Bradford.

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The woman coughed in the face of two officers

Sgt Green said: "So hard to stay professional booking in a female who has coughed in the faces of 2 of our officers whilst shouting Covid.

"She then called my Detention Officer every name under the sun. Arrested for assault PC x2. Enquiries continue #ProtectTheProtectors"

In that incident, the officer described 'large crowds shoulder to shoulder, spitting on the floor and coughing at us when asking them to move back.'

West Yorkshire Police Federation said that the incident was not an isolated one, unfortunately.

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