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Officer Sacked For Assaulting French Man

Monday 11th February 2013

A Met Police officer has been sacked for using excessive force on a French man.

PC John Caulfield - who was based in Hackney - has been dismissed after a police watchdog investigation found the 33 year old guilty of gross misconduct.

A member of the public who witnessed the attack complained to the Independent Police Complaints Comission, which then launched an investigation.

It was alleged that PC Caulfield had assaulted a 19-year-old man prior to arresting him in
Bowling Green Walk on the 29th August 2009.

PC Caulfield was charged with Actual Bodily Harm and faced two criminal trials: The first jury failed to reach a verdict and the second acquitted him in November 2011.

However the IPCC panel found that that his conduct fell well below what the public have a right to expect and the breaches found proven are so serious as to amount to gross misconduct.

Commander Allan Gibson, Directorate of Professional Standards said:

"There is no doubt that the actions of PC Caulfield brought discredit on the MPS and although acquitted at court, reflect badly on the thousands of officers who are honest and work tirelessly for the people of London.

"The panel found his use of force was unnecessary, disproportionate and unreasonable and was additionally found to have produced a misleading written account of the incident.

"Given the finding, there was only one appropriate outcome in this case and PC Caulfield was dismissed from the MPS without notice."