Metropolitan Police Commissioner's apology to protestors sprayed with CS gas

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3189
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

An Independent Police Complaints Commission Assessment of Investigation Appeal found the Metropolitan Police "failed to conduct a fair and proportionate investigation" into the use of CS Spray against three UK Uncut protestors on 30th January 2011. This was the second appeal made to the IPCC after the first found the Metropolitan Police's report to be "brief, poor and reveals very little evidence that sufficient enquiries have been made." Following the formal apology by the Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner to the three UK Uncut protestors - which acknowledged "that the delay in reaching this outcome exacerbated" their distress, and the payment of compensation for his officer's use of excessive force when he unlawfully sprayed CS gas into their faces at close range, please can you inform me if the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime will look into the two inadequate Met investigations into the protestors complaint to see if any actions should be taken?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police Commissioner's apology to protestors sprayed with CS gas

Answer for Metropolitan Police Commissioner's apology to protestors sprayed with CS gas

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Complainants have the right of appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) if they are dissatisfied with the way the MPS have dealt with the investigation of their complaint. It is not within MOPACs remit to review the decisions of the IPCC.

In this case an appeal to the IPCC was upheld and the recommendation made that the officer should be placed on a Misconduct Meeting. The Misconduct Meeting was held and the charge against the officer was proven.