A POLICE officer was found dead just days before he was due to appear in court for allegedly hitting a football fan with a baton.
PC William Sampson has been accused of hitting a Sheffield Wednesday fan, 16, after a video of the incident went viral on social media.
The teen watched the Owls play Barnsley at Oakwell on Saturday, February 8, 2020 when he sustained a head injury.
Shocking footage emerged showing a police officer hitting a young fan on the head with a baton while onlookers screamed in shock.
Blood was then seen pouring from the teen’s head.
The teenager was dropped to the ground and taken to hospital with head injuries, sparking a backlash and prompting an investigation by the police watchdog.
The officer, also known as Billy, was charged when the Independent Office of Police Conduct organized its own investigation and turned over its findings to CPS.
He pleaded not guilty and will appear at Leeds Crown Court in less than three weeks on March 7.
But on Friday, he was found dead in a home in Thorncliffe Lane, Chapeltown.
His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
In a statement, South Yorkshire Police said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Billy’s passing.
“Our thoughts remain with Billy’s family and loved ones and they will have our full support.”
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