A Metropolitan Police Officer has been cleared of assaulting a 17-year-old male following a trial that has concluded today.
DC Kevin Rowley appeared at Hendon Magistrates Court having been charged with common assault by beating following an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation.
On 22nd April 2019, DC Rowley was on routine duty with another officer in plain clothes on Heath Road, Romford, east London, when they stopped two males after they were spotted acting suspiciously.
As a result of the males conduct during the initial stop, they were searched by the officers to make sure that they did not have any controlled substances or illegal weapons.
During the search, a member of the public started to film the incident once one of the males began to struggle with the officer.
DC Rowley used his ASP to try and subdue/control the male who was being searched.
The footage (apart from the moments which led up to the officer having to use force) of the moment that the officer struck the male was widely circulated on social media.
The IOPC investigation began in April 2019, and in September 2019 the IOPC passed their report to the Crown Prosecution Service, who authorised a charge of common assault by beating in October 2019.
The preliminary IOPC was initiated after the Metropolitan Police Service reviewed some mobile phone footage of the incident that was filmed by a passer-by.
The incident was then referred to the IOPC by the Metropolitan Police.
IOPC Regional Director for London Sal Naseem, said:
“The footage captured by the witness raised a number of questions about DC Rowley’s conduct when detaining individuals.
“In these circumstances, it is right and proper that for public confidence, an independent investigation is conducted.
“After reviewing the evidence we gathered, the Crown Prosecution Service decided to charge DC Rowley, and today a District Judge has found him not guilty of assault.”
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