NSW police officer Senior Constable Mark Follington violently Anya Bradford

Former police officer sentenced to prison for arresting a lady for failing to'make eye contact and smile' at him.

A former New South Wales police officer has been sentenced to prison for beating a woman and fabricating details about her detention.

Anya Bradford was detained brutally in a pub in Liverpool, Sydney's west, in 2019 by Senior Constable Mark Follington.

Follington earlier stated in court that he was suspicious of her because she failed to establish eye contact and smile when he approached her.

"Normally, people approach and say hello, but she was keeping her eyes down," he explained.

NSW police officer Senior Constable Mark Follington violently Anya Bradford
Anya Bradford says she was singled out by the NSW police officer due to her transgender identity.

"To me, this begins to send a signal that this individual is attempting to conceal themselves from me."

When Follington attempted to prevent her from leaving after requesting identification, Bradford allegedly urged him to "f*** off."

At that time, CCTV footage shows Follington seizing her arm and slamming her head into an ATM, sparking a brawl.

Bradford was not wanted on any outstanding warrants.

Follington was sentenced to a minimum of 18 months in prison on Wednesday.

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