6 British Soldiers Arrested for Beating NYPD Cop

Soldiers, all rugby players, say he called one of them a racial slur

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 2, 2013 5:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Six British soldiers have been arrested in New York, for allegedly beating and robbing an off-duty NYPD cop in a bar. According to court reports, three of four of the men, who are all rugby players with the Royal Regiment of Scotland, started beating on the rookie cop when he began talking to a woman who was with the soldiers, the Guardian reports. The soldiers, who are all originally from Fiji, claim the fight started after he called one of them "black b******," the Independent reports. One of the soldiers allegedly grabbed the man's phone and a chain from around his neck when he tried to call 911.

The brawl reportedly moved out into the street, leaving blood splattered along the block, until the cop pulled out a knife and slashed one of the soldiers, the Daily Mail reports. When the victim identified himself as a policeman, the soldiers allegedly responded, "We don't care. F*** the police." Five of the soldiers are facing third degree assault charges; a sixth, who was found with the cop's phone, is also accused of second degree robbery. The men failed to post bail, and are being held at Rikers Island. The motto of their regiment is: "No one provokes me with impunity."

Members of the Royal Regiment of Scotland Band.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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