A common assault conviction against a serving Metropolitan Police officer has been overturned following an appeal.
PC Anthony Walters, attached to the Central West Command Unit, was found guilty of common assault at Hendon Magistrates’ Court in July after he was alleged to have assaulted a member of the public while on duty in Westminster in October 2018.
The judge accepted the appeal, and the conviction was quashed at Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, 24 October.
A spokesperson for the Met confirmed that a misconduct review will take place in due course.
The original incident happened while the officer was on duty in Penfold Street, Lisson Grove, on 15 October last year.
PC Walters was originally fined £1,400 for the offence at Hendon Magistrates’ Court and was placed on restricted duties.
It was alleged that when his colleague stopped to speak to a member of the public who was riding a moped’, PC Anthony Walters talked to another member of the public who had decided to become involved in the incident.
It was during this conversation that PC Walters allegedly slapped the person across the face.