Police officer jailed for stop and search assault

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A police officer has been sentenced to six months imprisonment after being found guilty of actual bodily harm during a stop and search in Park Royal.

PC Matthew Harries, 36, attached to Ealing Borough, pleaded not guilty to the incident that happened on April 5 of last year.

The charges refer to an incident in a Park Royal car park when PC Harries stopped and searched Justin Small on suspicion of possession of drugs. During the search PC Harries struck Mr Small in the face and also applied a knee strike.

Mr Small complained to the IPCC about PC Harries’s use of force. A Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) investigation took place and the CPS subsequently authorized a charge of ABH.

DPS Detective Chief Superintendent Alaric Bonthron said: “Where an officer’s behaviour falls short of the very high standards that we and the public expect of them then it is only right that they are held to account for their actions.

“The actions of one officer abusing his position in this way can cast a shadow over the thousands of officers who are on duty right now demonstrating bravery, compassion, integrity and professionalism.

“There is no place in the Metropolitan Police Service for officers and staff who do not uphold our values.”

PC Harries has been suspended and disciplinary proceedings will be held in due course.

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