Cleveland Police ordered to re-investigate case of wrongful arrest by IPCC

A NORTH-East police force has been ordered to reinvestigate a complaint of wrongful arrest and recommended an officer face a misconduct meeting over an alleged assault.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) upheld a complaint that a Cleveland Police officer assaulted the 41-year-old by punching him.

The complainant was arrested at his home, a caravan on a farm in Hartlepool, in February 2012 by officers from the force.

He initially made a number of complaints to Cleveland police during his detention and later appealed to the IPCC after they were not upheld by the force.

The IPCC has also ordered that a complaint for unlawful arrest be reinvestigated by Cleveland police.

An IPCC spokesman said: “The man had been recording his arrest on his mobile telephone and alleged that it had been taken off him and the recording deleted. Although tests showed no files had been deleted from the telephone, a complaint about this was upheld by the IPCC on the basis that the officers did not have the authority to look through the telephone.

“Complaints that he was assaulted by officers who entered his caravan, that he was mocked by officers inside the caravan, that an officer refused to give his collar number and that damage was caused to his property were not upheld.”

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: "The reinvestigation is currently ongoing and when it is finalised we will consider the recommendation of the IPCC report alongside the conclusion of our reinvestigation."

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12:48pm Thu 24 Jan 13

for30001 says...

Good old Cleveland yet again, corrupt to the core. How long can this corrupt organisation be allowed to continue masquerading as a Police Force.
Good old Cleveland yet again, corrupt to the core. How long can this corrupt organisation be allowed to continue masquerading as a Police Force. for30001

3:41pm Thu 24 Jan 13

stevegg says...

Not all police are corrupt. Like any organisation there are bad apples but its totally unfair to tar them all with the same brush . Police, who have to do a difficult job under tight legislation seem to be fair game for anyone these days and seem to be guilty until proved innocent. Its okay for offenders/suspects to be abusive, kick off and assault them when being lawfully arrested, officers are supposed to take that, they are also subject to maliscious allegations by bitter suspects who know they will always be listened to and in most cases believed. It appears in this case the offender said recordings on his phone had been deleted by police but this has proven to be false after examination of the phone, so already he has been proven to be a liar but still this investigation continues!
Not all police are corrupt. Like any organisation there are bad apples but its totally unfair to tar them all with the same brush . Police, who have to do a difficult job under tight legislation seem to be fair game for anyone these days and seem to be guilty until proved innocent. Its okay for offenders/suspects to be abusive, kick off and assault them when being lawfully arrested, officers are supposed to take that, they are also subject to maliscious allegations by bitter suspects who know they will always be listened to and in most cases believed. It appears in this case the offender said recordings on his phone had been deleted by police but this has proven to be false after examination of the phone, so already he has been proven to be a liar but still this investigation continues! stevegg

4:03pm Thu 24 Jan 13

st-george1 says...

Administration of Justice … ???
A study into Police ETHICS by the Open University concluded that there still exists a BLUE WALL of SILENCE in policing whereby around HALF of all police officers would keep their mouth shut and NOT report a colleague for unacceptable, corrupt or criminal behaviour whilst some officers even said they were uncertain about what was against the rules and what was allowed … kind of says it all really and something I think Sir Robert Peel would find horrendous !
Administration of Justice … ??? A study into Police ETHICS by the Open University concluded that there still exists a BLUE WALL of SILENCE in policing whereby around HALF of all police officers would keep their mouth shut and NOT report a colleague for unacceptable, corrupt or criminal behaviour whilst some officers even said they were uncertain about what was against the rules and what was allowed … kind of says it all really and something I think Sir Robert Peel would find horrendous ! st-george1

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