Following an investigation into their use of excessive force while apprehending a 14-year-old kid in North London before giving false statements, two Metropolitan Police officers in London were sacked on Thursday.
Following complaints of “large numbers of youths, possibly carrying knives, causing disorder,” officers flocked to a North London neighborhood in April 2021, where they made the arrest.
The child allegedly spat at the cops and fled from them before being stopped and taken into custody nearby, according to Officer Alexei Zalesskiy and Conor Ryan.
Zalesskiy and Ryan were both found to have used excessive force during the arrest and made “statements about the incident which were not true,” the Metropolitan Police Service said.
A panel led by an independent legally qualified chair found the officers breached Standards of Professional Behavior relating to use of force and honesty and integrity. The two have been dismissed without notice.
Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines, who leads policing in North Area, said: “Officers have to act with restraint and the public of course would expect them to be honest about their actions. Action will be taken against any officer whose behavior falls below that which is expected. We are determined to drive up standards, and those who fail to meet those standards have no place in the Met.”