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Officer found guilty of common assault

News   •   Jul 10, 2019 14:50 BST

A serving officer has been found guilty of common assault.

PC Anthony Walters, based on the Central West Command Unit, was found guilty of common assault on Tuesday, 9 July 2019 relating to an incident that occurred on Monday, 15 October 2018 whilst on duty in Westminster.

When his colleague stopped to speak to a pedestrian riding a moped on Penfold Street, PC Walters spoke to another member of public. It was during this conversation that he slapped the victim across the face, without lawful authority to use force.

A complaint was made to the Met a day later on Tuesday, 16 October 2018, and the Directorate of Professional Standards was informed.

PC Walters was charged on Wednesday, 20 March by postal charge requisition.

The judge sentenced PC Walters to pay a fine of £1400 at the same hearing.

Now criminal proceedings have concluded, a misconduct review will take place for disciplinary purposes by the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards.