The boss of the Police Federation of England & Wales, John Apter, announced today (8th Jan) in a tweet that he has written a letter of complaint to the Editor of the Daily Mail following an article that was published by the paper shortly after the Police shooting of Sean Fitzgerald in Coventry earlier this month.
In the tweet, John Apter said:
“Following on from the unprofessional headlines from the Daily Mail regarding the police shooting in Coventry I have written a letter of complaint direct [sic] to the Editor and have lodged a formal complaint with @IpsoNews.
“I am also looking at any legal challenge opportunities.
“I’m a big believer in a free and challenging press but when the line is crossed they should be challenged.
In an earlier tweet, published on 6th January, John Apter had tweeted about what he had called a:
‘A shameful and dangerous piece of ‘journalism’ which undermines the investigation, could fuel public unrest and adds to the grief of the family’
The Independent Office for Police Conduct was quick to quell rumours that the male involved in the shooting had been ‘shot in the back’ by police in the pre-planned operation by publishing the following tweet:
The investigation by the IOPC is currently on-going.
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