An Avon & Somerset Police Officer has been found not guilty of ABH following an IOPC-led investigation.
PC James Clements was involved in an incident on the M5 slip road (junction 14) on 4th December 2018.
During the incident, PC Clements had occasion to use his taser, and it was alleged that he struck the male during the struggle, causing minor injuries.
The suspects family complained to the IOPC, who then launched an investigation into the incident.
A file was subsequently handed to Crown Prosecutors who authorised charges of ABH and common assault against PC Clements.
However, following a trial at Crown Court, PC Clements was found not guilty of all charges.
Despite being found not guilty in court, the officer could still face a misconduct hearing.
IOPC Regional Director South West Catrin Evans said:
“We carried out a thorough investigation into the use of force following a complaint from the man’s family, which led to the Crown Prosecution Service deciding to bring charges.
“Our investigation also looked at the wider incident on the slip road involving a number of officers.
“Decisions on whether any of the officers involved may have a case to answer for any alleged breaches of standards of professional behaviour have yet to be taken.”
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