A South Wales Police officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing after it was alleged that he used unnecessary force on a teenager in Bridgend.
The independent panel at a misconduct hearing that was held by South Wales Police concluded that PC Paul Evans did not breach the standards of professional behaviour.
In June 2018, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) finished its own investigation into PC Paul Evans and submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised a charge of common assault against PC Evans.
However, PC Evans was found not guilty at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court in October 2018.
Following PC Evans’ acquittal, South Wales Police agreed with the IOPCs opinion that PC Evans had a case to answer for gross misconduct concerning the original incident that led to the charge of common assault being bought against the officer.
South Wales Police then arranged a misconduct hearing.
Last week, the independent panel found that PC Evans did not breach the standards of professional behaviour and he was acquitted.
IOPC Director for Wales Catrin Evans said:
“When an allegation is made of this nature, it is appropriate for us to carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances.
“While we found a case to answer following our investigation, it is not for us to determine the outcome, and this has been decided by a panel.”
South Wales Police has been contacted for comment.
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