Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “We are pleased that PC Paul Summerson has rightly been found not guilty of the charges inexplicably brought against him over this incident.
“Police officers have no issue with being held accountable for their actions – we are the most accountable of public services. We need those in the Criminal Justice System making decisions potentially affecting our colleague’s livelihoods and liberty to have some understanding of the environment we work in and the reality of policing London.”
Ken added: “The public rightly expect trained and skilled police officers to pursue criminals. The public want us to respond to emergencies. Those officers should not then be prosecuted and risk going to jail for doing their job.
“Emergency services colleagues across the country – including thousands of police officers – would have been watching the verdict of this case with interest. Its outcome could have had huge ramifications for their everyday roles.
“It’s utterly absurd that this case ever made it to court. Let us emphasise again that PC Summerson was doing his job… a job that he has been trained to do.”
Ken concluded: “We should also note the excruciating amount of time that PC Summerson has been under investigation around this incident – since 2016. For five years he has unfairly had a cloud hanging over him.
“Today’s result means our colleague can put this incident behind him with an unblemished character. And we are proud to have supported him throughout the legal process. We ask that he and his family are now left alone to get on with their lives.
“We thank PC Summerson’s legal team of Alisdair Williamson QC, Barrister Edmund Gritt and his solicitor Colin Reynolds for their hard work.”