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Allegations of gross misconduct not proven against two officers

News   •   Jan 09, 2019 05:00 GMT

Allegations of gross misconduct against two serving officers have been found not proven.

PC Leo Steeden and PC Steven Parkes, based at Lambeth, answered allegations that their conduct amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of duties and responsibilities, orders and  instructions and use of force.

PC Steeden also faced an allegation that his conduct amounted to a breach of the Standard of Professional Behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity.

At a misconduct hearing held between Monday, 17 and Thursday, 20 December, it was heard that the officers were on patrol in a marked police car when they stopped a vehicle in relation to a minor traffic offence.

It was alleged their subsequent decision to arrest the driver of the vehicle was unnecessary and that their use of force on the vehicle’s two occupants was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable.

Both officers were also alleged to have failed to provide adequate care and/or attention to the passenger of the vehicle when she presented as having an epileptic fit during the course of the arrest.

PC Steeden was also charged with providing an exaggerated account of the behaviour exhibited by the driver at the scene.

The panel, headed by an independent legally qualified chair, found all allegations not proven.