Update: Met Police officer under criminal investigation after man suffers life-changing injuries
15 May 2020 04:00 PM
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer was advised yesterday, Thursday 14 May, that he is subject to a criminal investigation and will be asked by IOPC investigators to give a written account under caution for the alleged offence of causing grievous bodily harm. The officer has also been served notice of investigation for gross misconduct.
The investigation follows an incident where a man suffered life-changing injuries after being Tasered on Monday 4 May in Haringey, north London.
IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: “Having examined a range of evidence including body worn video, witness statements and medical evidence, we have taken the decision that this is now a criminal investigation. A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.
“We understand that many people are concerned about this incident and I want to reassure people that this is being thoroughly and independently investigated.”
Our independent investigation followed a mandatory referral from the MPS following the incident when police on patrol approached a man, in his 20s, on Burgoyne Road, N4. Such a referral is usual practice when a person is seriously injured following direct or indirect police contact.
It is alleged the man ran off and police officers chased and then Tasered him as he jumped over a wall. The man fell and suffered serious injuries. He was arrested for drug related offences and was taken to hospital where he was assessed as having a life-changing injury.