A serving police officer has been issued with a final written warning following a misconduct hearing that concluded on Thursday, 4 February.
PC Rodney Chiweshe, based at South Area BCU, answered allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Use of Force, Duties and Responsibilities and Orders and Instructions.
The panel was chaired by Mr Julian Weinberg and also included Ms Sadhana Patel and Superintendent Mark Long. The hearing was held over four days, beginning on Monday, 1 February and concluded on Thursday, 4 February.
The allegations relate to the officer’s use of taser during an incident on 4 June 2019 where a man was damaging property, running out into traffic and assaulting members of the public. During this incident PC Chiweshe used his taser nine times on the same man.
It was alleged that PC Chiweshe’s use of taser on a member of public amounted to an unreasonable use of force to the extent that it was not necessary, proportionate or reasonable in all the circumstances.
The panel found the allegations proven with respect to taser uses four, six, seven, eight and nine. The allegations were not proven with regard to taser use five.
It was further alleged that PC Chiweshe’s taser use on the same member of public amounted to a breach of his Duties and Responsibilities and/or Orders and Instructions by meeting the description of indiscriminate use or use as a compliance tool.
The panel found the allegations proven in respect of the use of taser as a compliance tool, but not proven in respect of indiscriminate use.
The panel also found allegations proven with regard how the officer later recorded the number of times taser had been used and failure to complete a Use of Force form.
The panel concluded that the officer’s actions, both individually and collectively, amount to misconduct only.
PC Chiweshe was handed a final written warning.