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Two Staffordshire police officers found guilty of misconduct after Adrian McDonald investigation

Two Staffordshire Police officers were found guilty of misconduct following an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into circumstances surrounding the death of Adrian McDonald. A third officer was cleared of any misconduct at a Staffordshire Police hearing on Monday.

An IPCC investigation was carried out following a referral from the force and the investigation report was finalised in August 2016.

A sergeant and inspector are to receive written warnings for misconduct for displaying a ‘lack of diligence’ for not conveying Mr McDonald to custody for a medical assessment when he was placed in the police van.

The IPCC referred its investigation report to the Crown Prosecution Service last year which decided at this stage not to bring any criminal charges against the three officers.

The IPCC expects to issue findings at the conclusion of a future inquest.

Mr McDonald, who was 34, died after he was arrested by police at a flat in Newcastle-under-Lyme early on 22 December 2014.


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