Police officer cleared of misconduct

A Metropolitan Police officer has been cleared of misconduct after he was accused of using excess force.

PC James Palmer, attached to Tower Hamlets borough, had attended a misconduct hearing to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of use of force, authority, respect and authority and discreditable conduct.

On 26 March 2017 while on-duty, PC Palmer assisted officers in detaining a male in East India Dock Road, Poplar, by ‘kneeing’ him to his body causing him to drop to the ground.

It was alleged the force he used was unnecessary, disproportionate and unreasonable in all the circumstances.

The panel, led by an independent chair, heard that PC Palmer had been concerned at how the suspect was struggling and intervened to help his colleagues. He was worried that if he didn’t assist, other officers would be injured.

The panel concluded that PC Palmer honestly believed he needed to intervene to protect his colleagues and the amount of force he used was reasonable in the circumstances.

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