Alfie Hubbard, 26, was handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, for attacking Sergeant Richard Lambert in a ‘cowardly act of violence’.
Daniel Allan, 35, identified by his luminous yellow shorts, kicked Mr Lambert in the back, sending him tumbling to the floor, in May last year.
As he struggled to get to his feet, Hubbard landed a second kick.
The victim has since been ‘anxious’ and struggles to sleep with nightmares about the assault.
Both defendants were part of a group of ‘right-wing extremists’ who took to the streets of London as ‘agitators’ under the guise of ‘protecting statues’, the prosecution said.
Judge Sally Cahill QC told Southwark Crown Court she had chosen to suspend Hubbard’s sentence because he has a ‘serious health condition’ and has been subject to a curfew for nearly a year.
She told Hubbard: ‘It is unusual for me to do so in the nature of this type of offending, an incident of violent disorder on a police officer, but because of your particular circumstances I shall do so.’
Allan, from Sunderland – who had 51 previous convictions for a total of 111 offences – was jailed by Judge Cahill QC for 28 months last year after pleading guilty to violent disorder.
A statue of slave trader Edward Colston had been torn down and thrown into the water during a demonstration in Bristol.
Mr Lambert said it was the worst assault he’d experienced in all his 14 years as a police officer.
The Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh has slammed Hubbard’s sentence, claiming the punishment is ‘not enough’.
He said: ‘It should be more. Any assault on a police officer should be dealt with in the most officious way, we believe, and we don’t think the sentencing is correct for assaulting a police officer in this way.
‘It needs to be far higher to send a clear message to the public that you can’t behave towards the police in this way.’
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