Three police officers are under investigation as the Independent Office for Police Conduct after a fleeing suspect was tasered whilst he was jumping a wall to escape arrest – suffering a serious injury.
Metropolitan Police officers walked up to a man, aged in his 20s, whilst in Haringey, London, on Monday 4 May. The man fled from the officers, running off – he was subsequently tasered.
The man, at the time of being tasered, was said to be jumping over a wall. He fell and sustained an injury before being arrested for drugs offences at the scene.
Doctors have defined his injury as life-changing, sparking an IOPC – as per standard police procedure in these circumstances.
The three officers involved in the incident have been place on restricted duties while the investigation – which could take months or years – is carried out.
The IOPC confirmed that the Met Police are fully co-operating with their investigation.
Detective Chief Superintendent Treena Fleming, Commander of the Met’s North Area Command Unit said: “My thoughts and well wishes are with the injured man and his family. I have spoken with the man and a family member, and have assured them that I am fully committed to supporting the IOPC investigation.
“All police officers are fully aware that they will be asked to account for their actions – officers are not exempt from the law and we would not wish to be. Three officers have been informed they are under investigation and placed on local restrictions.
“An incident like this is very sad and will naturally provoke commentary and conversations within the local community. I would ask people to allow the independent investigation to take place and report its findings in due course so that the full circumstances can be established.
“My senior leadership team and I are working hard to engage fully with our community partners, key stakeholders and the local authority. We are speaking with them and listening to their views.”
IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: “This is an extremely serious incident where, we understand, a man has suffered life-changing injuries. We are in contact with his family and will keep them and him informed as we carry out our independent investigation.
“Our role is to seek answers about what happened and share any learning highlighted by our investigations. Our investigation will look at all the circumstances and consider whether there are any conduct or criminal matters.
“In line with our tradition of policing by consent, the public has the right to expect police officers to be accountable when they use force, particularly if it leads to a death or serious injury.”
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