British Soldiers Charged in Assault of Off-Duty Police Officer in NYC

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Surprised this hasn't been mentioned - or have I missed it?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/n...-assault-of-off-duty-police-officer.html?_r=0

British Soldiers Charged in Assault of Off-Duty Police Officer
All six, members of the First Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, have been charged with assaulting an off-duty New York City police officer outside a bar on the East Side last week and face the prospect of short jail terms and possibly discharge from the army, officials said.
All are citizens of the island nation of Fiji . . .
The details of the fight remain murky, though it appeared to be a result of a verbal spat that quickly escalated. It occurred outside the Mercury Bar, at 493 Third Avenue, at 4:38 a.m. on Friday, the police said.

According to the criminal complaint, the off-duty police officer, who is 33 and has not been identified, was knocked to the ground and punched repeatedly in the face and body.

Lawyers for the soldiers said the officer yelled a racial epithet and pulled a knife, stabbing two of the soldiers and causing minor wounds. He has not been charged.

When it was over, the off-duty officer had, among other injuries, a broken nose and injuries to his mouth that required stitches.

Five of the soldiers have been charged with misdemeanor assault. They were identified as Mosese Kurulala, 27; Joeli Raduva, 34; Filipe Vunisarati, 24; Iliakini Raderua, 30; and Thomas Shute, 34.

The sixth, identified as Ratu-Iosefo Yavala, 33, was charged with felony robbery. According to the criminal complaint, when the off-duty police officer tried to call 911 during the attack, Mr. Yavala knocked his cellphone out of his hands and took it.
Pretty graphic demo of their regimental motto!

"a broken nose and injuries to his mouth " From six big Islanders? I guess they weren't trying too hard

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