An IOPC directed misconduct hearing bought against two Metropolitan Police Officers from an incident that happened over five years ago has been found not proven following a hearing that was held on Friday 15th November.
It was alleged that PC Mark Harris of Central West Command Unit and PC Simon Pascoe of Hampshire Constabulary, but then serving as a Met officer, stopped a male in his vehicle back in June 2014
It was alleged that in doing so, this stop breached the standards of professional behaviour concerning Duties and Responsibilities, Orders and Instructions, Equality and Diversity and Honesty and Integrity.
It was further alleged that PC Harris unlawfully arrested the male and while in custody misled the custody sergeant, which resulted in an unlawful drugs search.
However, a five-day public misconduct hearing led by an independent legally qualified chair found all of the allegations not proven.
An IOPC spokesperson said:
“We note the outcome that an independent disciplinary panel at a misconduct hearing today (Friday), arranged by the force, have found allegations against two Metropolitan Police Service officers not proven.
“The officers faced allegations including discrimination on the grounds they stopped the complainant in his BMW because of his ethnicity as a black male.
“As the officers were not in uniform and in an unmarked police car they did not have the power to stop the vehicle under the Road Traffic Act, and to do so was an alleged breach of the professional standards of behaviour.
“The IOPC has considered two appeals from the complainant and discussed matters at length with the MPS before deciding to direct the force to hold a hearing.
“We believe these to have been serious allegations which merited the evidence being put before an independent panel. The panel agreed the case should be heard to its conclusion.
“We recognise the process to resolve these matters has taken too long overall to reach a conclusion today.
“Our two appeal assessments took up only a few months in total, and our decision-making role ended in January 2018 when we directed the MPS to hold the hearing.
“Arranging the hearing subsequently has been a matter for the MPS.”
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