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Police officer under investigation for alleged GBH after Tasered man left with life-changing injuries
15 May 2020, 14:48
A police officer has been placed under criminal investigation for allegedly causing grievous bodily harm after a man was Tasered and left with life-changing injuries.
The victim, in his 20s, was reportedly Tasered as he jumped over a wall while being chased by police in Harringay, north London on 4 May.
The man was arrested on suspicion of drug-related offences and taken to hospital where he was assessed as having a life-changing injury, the Independent Office for Police Conduct said.
The watchdog said on Friday that it had advised the officer that he is subject to a criminal investigation and will be asked by IOPC investigators to give a written account of the incident under caution.
It added that the officer had also been served notice of investigation for gross misconduct after the incident on May 4.
Police made a mandatory referral to the IOPC following the incident when police on patrol approached the man on Burgoyne Road.
IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: "Having examined a range of evidence including body worn video, witness statements and medical evidence, we have taken the decision that this is now a criminal investigation.
"A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.
"We understand that many people are concerned about this incident and I want to reassure people that this is being thoroughly and independently investigated."