The IOPC has confirmed that a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer is now facing a criminal investigation after a male suffered life-changing injuries as he ran from the police.
On Monday 4th May, the officer had cause to speak to the male. But during the stop, the male ran away from officers.
Officers ran after the male who climbed over a wall to try and escape. As the male climbed over the wall, the officer discharged his taser.
The male then fell to the ground on the other side of the wall and was arrested for drug-related offences.
As a result of the fall, the male suffered what has been described as ‘life-changing’ injuries.
The Metropolitan Police Service referred the matter to the IOPC who has now confirmed that the officer is to face criminal charges.
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.”
A spokesperson for the IOPC added:
“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”.
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