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Officers under investigation after 90-year-old lady was restrained

The Met continues to assist the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) with its investigation into an incident where a woman was restrained by officers in Southwark.

On Thursday, 20 July the IOPC informed six officers that they are under criminal investigation.

The officers, who are police constables attached to the Central South Basic Command Unit, have also been served with gross misconduct notices.

One of the officers was suspended following an initial review of the incident by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.

A further five officers were placed on restricted duties, meaning they will have no contact with the public, while the incident is investigated.

The launch of a criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.

Detective Chief Superintendent Seb Adjei-Addoh, local policing commander in Southwark, said: “There are limits to what I am able to say in relation to this incident given it is subject to an IOPC investigation, however it is clear that this will have been a distressing experience for the lady involved and that the circumstances raise a number of questions that need to be answered.

“While I do not wish to pre-judge this process, officers know that they must be able to justify any use of force or restraint and we will expect that of the officers involved in this incident. They also know that we expect them to show compassion and to adjust their approach in real time according to the circumstances they are faced with.”

On Tuesday, 9 May officers were called to an address in SE15 following reports of a disturbance.

Officers attended and identified a 90-year-old lady who was distressed.

After officers attempted to engage with her, she was restrained using handcuffs and a spit hood applied after it was alleged one officer was spat at. The woman was then taken to hospital.

She was not arrested.

During the course of the incident, an officer issued a red-dot challenge with their Taser but did not discharge it.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards made a voluntary referral to the IOPC as soon as they were made aware of the incident.

The woman’s family are aware of the incident and are being updated on the progress of the investigation by the IOPC.

(Source: Metropolitan Police)

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