Police Officer Found Guilty Of Common Assault

PC Anthony Walters, based on the Central West Command Unit, was found guilty of common assault on Tuesday, 9 July 2019 relating to an incident that occurred on Monday, 15 October 2018 while on duty in Westminster.

When his colleague stopped to speak to a pedestrian riding a moped on Penfold Street, PC Walters talked to another member of the public.

It was during this conversation that he slapped the member of the public across the face, without lawful authority to use force.

The Met Police has released no further details relating to the incident, including the circumstances which led to the officer slapping the member of the public across the face.

A complaint was made to the Met a day later on Tuesday, 16 October 2018, and the Directorate of Professional Standards was informed.

PC Walters was charged on Wednesday, 20 March by postal charge requisition.

The judge sentenced PC Walters to pay a fine of £1400 at the same hearing.

Now criminal proceedings have concluded, a misconduct review will take place for disciplinary purposes by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.


  • If he slapped a member of the public I think he was probably well within his rights, obviously something was said by the other person, and it is time our police were given the benefit of doubt. These people accuse police in the hope they will get good compensation, which should not be allowed.

  • With a fine that size, there is clearly far more to this than has been reported thus far. Hopefully, we will hear more in the near future.

  • Agree 100%. I’m just surprised a member of the public wasn’t there with their trusty mobile phone shouting encouragement to the “civilian”

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