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IPCC response following conclusion of the inquest into the death of Olaseni Lewis

The IPCC investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Olaseni (Seni) Lewis was completed in April 2015 and concluded six officers have a case for answer for gross misconduct and five a case to answer for misconduct.

Following the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Mr Lewis yesterday and the narrative verdict delivered by the jury, the IPCC will be working with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that disciplinary proceedings are held promptly.

An initial IPCC investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Lewis concluded in 2012.

The IPCC subsequently took the step of advising the Lewis family to judicially review this investigation at the High Court so that the findings could be overturned allowing a fresh investigation, launched at the end of 2013.

The IPCC directed the Metropolitan Police to hold disciplinary proceedings into the conduct of serving officers in August last year.

Commissioner Cindy Butts said: “It has been my ongoing commitment, since taking on the oversight of our second investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Seni, to obtain answers for his family.

“The IPCC has been clear about the mistakes made in the past and I have personally apologised to the Lewis family in public and in private.

“The Metropolitan Police have been directed to carry out disciplinary proceedings which I hope will take place as soon as possible.”

 

Channel website: http://www.ipcc.gov.uk

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