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Three Sheffield Police Officers dismissed for misconduct

September 2016

Odette Tovey was instructed in February 2015 by a client complaining he had been assaulted by police officers during his arrest in August 2014.

The allegations made were that whilst being restrained in handcuffs by one of the officers, the other officer repeatedly hit him with our client’s own trainer across the back of his shoulder, arm and side of his ribs demanding information as to where a stolen vehicle had been left. The assault only stopped when our client agreed to sign a confession written by one of the officers, despite not having been able to read it due to his dyslexia, and agreeing to show the officers the area in which he had left the stolen vehicle.

A third officer faced a misconduct hearing for having been present at the time of the incident and allegedly having taken no action to prevent the other two officers’ misconduct and making a false statement.

All three officers provided statements stating they were granted entry into our client’s property however CCTV footage obtained shows they gained entry by force.

Independent expert evidence obtained concludes that on the balance of probability our client’s injuries were consistent with having been struck with his trainer.

All three police officers also gave false information as to how and who found the stolen vehicle and their version of events was proven to be false by examining GPS mapping of their radios which showed they were not where they had alleged to have been and they did not find the vehicle themselves.

Odette Tovey said “My client has served his time for his crime and the point being proven here is that nobody is above the law…not even the police”

All three officers have been found guilty of misconduct and dismissed.

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