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MPS statement after IPCC take decision to serve notice on officer

News   •   Sep 13, 2017 14:22 BST

The MPS is aware that as part of an independent investigation being carried out by the IPCC into the death of Rashan Charles, the IPCC have taken the decision to serve a notice on a Met Police officer.

It is absolutely vital that the facts of what took place are thoroughly established as quickly as possible through an independent examination of all the available evidence.

The thoughts of the MPS are with the family of Mr Charles at this incredibly difficult time for them.

All police officers are fully aware that they will be asked to account for their actions. No officer is above the law and they would not wish to be.

The MPS continues to provide every possible support to the police officer and their colleagues while fully co-operating with the IPCC investigation.

The MPS will now be reviewing what restrictions, if any, should be placed on the officer. In reaching that decision the MPS will liaise with the IPCC, as is usual.

Day in day out, the MPS expects its officers to deal with challenging and high-risk situations as they police London. This is part of the job of being a police officer, and as an organisation it is the role of the MPS to provide support to its staff as they do their job.