Chairman on dropped case: Yet again the IPCC have been found wanting

Chairman on dropped case: Yet again the IPCC have been found wanting

An Independent Police Complaints Commission case against three Met Police officers accused of racially abusing a firefighter has today collapsed – with the officers being under investigation for five years.

Three officers were facing a disciplinary hearing for gross misconduct, scheduled to last three weeks. It was relating to an incident in September 2011.

But there was no evidence offered at the hearing today.

Ken Marsh, Chairman of The Met Police Federation, said: “Yet again the IPCC have been found wanting in relation to investigating my colleagues.

“Why are the IPCC not answerable for their actions? Who is accountable for the pain and the misery they have put our members through?

“An apology is not enough.”

He added: “It is clearly understood now that - had the Met been allowed to carry out the investigation into this case  - they would have come to the decision far quicker, saving the distress and pain that has been caused to the officers and their families.

“We have highlighted with senior management our huge concerns over this and hope they take note and are more robust in their dealings with the IPCC in the future.”

A statement issued on behalf of one of the officers, PC Mark Gatland, said he would like “the imbalance in reporting he has had to withstand over the last five years to be corrected.”

The statement added: “The damage caused to the officer’s health and wellbeing as well as to his family is impossible to quantify at this time.

“The damage to the public perception of policing in this matter being falsely portrayed as a racist event is scandalous.”

An IPCC spokesperson said: “The IPCC has withdrawn its recommendation and directions for three MPS officers attending a misconduct hearing in relation to their interactions with Edric Kennedy-Macfoy in 2011.

"We recognise the effect this will have had on both Mr Kennedy-Macfoy and the officers involved, and would like to take this opportunity to apologise to them.”