Five police officers are facing criminal charges and could lose their jobs for ramming moped yobs off their scooters as part of the Met’s controversial new tactic.
Since the tough ‘tactical contact’ strategy was introduced in October 2017, eight separate incidents involving 10 officers were reported to the police watchdog.
Five of them are still under investigation and face charges such as actual bodily harm.
Five Met Police officers are being investigated for knocking a moped criminal off their bikes. File photo
One case involves two officers who rammed a 14-year-old off a moped in Uxbridge, west London, in February 2018, causing him to break his leg.
The other three are being investigated for bashing a man off a stolen motorbike in Ealing, also west London, in March 2018
The cases are examined by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which will decide whether the officers should be referred to the Crown Prosecution to face criminal charges.
Stephanie Holland, whose boyfriend was stabbed to death for his £7,000 Rolex watch by a moped mugger, criticised the decision to investigate the officers
The news will raise fears among police that they will not be protected from legal action when tackling scooter gangs.
Scotland Yard introduced the controversial tactic as part of a clamdown on Lawless London’s violent and prolific moped gangs.
The move was met with praise by the public and saw a 36 per cent drop in moped crime in the capital.
Stephanie Holland, whose boyfriend Danny Pearce, 31, was stabbed to death for his £7,000 Rolex watch by a moped mugger in south-east London, criticised the decision to investigate the officers.
She told the Sun Online: ‘If police officers are trying to prevent crime and they have evidence to see that someone is committing a crime, I don’t think they should be investigated.
‘If a criminal is doing something, I don’t think the officer should be prosecuted because they are doing their job and that’s a good thing. I don’t have any sympathy for them.
Danny Pearce, 31, (pictued with an expensive watch) died from his wounds following the attack in south-east London
‘If someone is committing a crime that could harm someone else, then any sort of prevention is good and it doesn’t matter about the consequences.’
Miss Holland revealed she’s ‘constantly on edge’ and paranoid after the attack that claimed the life of her partner.
She said no-one should go through that, and police shouldn’t be prevented from trying to stop other lives being taken.
Ex-Met policeman Norman Brennan said the move could lead to officers deciding not to pursue moped thugs in fear of losing their jobs.