2018-12-04 10:31:58 UTC
was going to happen sooner or later when the police are allowed to
introduce idiotic tactics on the hoof.
"A Metropolitan police driver is under criminal investigation after
using a special tactic to deliberately knock a fleeing suspect off a
moped, the Guardian has learned.
"The teenager, aged 17 at the time, suffered head injuries and a
broken foot as he fled from police. He was not wearing a helmet and
later pleaded guilty to several offences.
"The officer is believed to be the only one so far to face criminal
investigation after using the controversial 'tactical contact'
measure, whereby police in cars knock a suspect off their moped or
scooter, so they can be arrested.
"The Met adopted the tactic in October 2017 as it tried to quell a
wave of robberies carried out by suspects on mopeds. The incident
subject to criminal investigation happened a month later and is one of
two where suspects suffered serious injury."
"The police officer has been interviewed under caution as part of an
investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IPOC). The
watchdog said it would decide within weeks whether the officer should
be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service to face criminal charges,
for an offence such as actual bodily harm.
"As well as a criminal investigation, the officer has been told he
faces a disciplinary investigation for potential gross misconduct."
Let's hope the police now, finally, review their procedures, and while
doing so, also review the shocking death rates they cause each year in
high speed police pursuits.