UK soldiers suspected of beating NY cop
A U.K. Ministry of Defence spokesman said those found guilty of assault will face disciplinary action
By Alexander Smith
NEW YORK — An off-duty New York police officer was allegedly assaulted and robbed outside a Manhattan bar by six soldiers from a Scottish regiment who were in town on a rugby tour, police said Monday.
One of the soldiers, of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, is said to have snatched the 21-year-old officer's cell phone while the other five are suspected of assault. A friend of the officer was also allegedly assaulted.
"A verbal confrontation escalated into a physical confrontation," a New York Police Department said. "Words were said and the situation became aggressive. The officer suffered bumps, bruises and lacerations, but nothing to the point of hospitalization."