A Met officer is to be charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm following an incident in which a man was Tasered and suffered serious injuries.
The officer, a police constable who is currently not being named but is attached to the Territorial Support Group, is being charged via postal requisition following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 19 April.
The charge relates to an incident on 4 May 2020 in Burgoyne Road, N4 during which a man in his 20s fell over a wall after being Tasered by the officer. The man suffered life changing injuries.
Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, who is responsible for policing in Enfield and Haringey, said: “As the local commander for the area of London where this happened, I deeply regret any injury caused to a member of our community through an interaction with police officers. I am acutely aware of how concerned local people have been about this incident.
“This matter is now subject to criminal proceedings and it’s important we allow those proceedings to reach their conclusion. My team and I continue to work with key members of the community and partner agencies across North Area to strengthen relations with all our communities.”
After the incident, the Met made a mandatory referral to the IOPC who launched an independent investigation. The IOPC referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in March 2021, leading to the CPS making the decision to charge the officer.
Any misconduct matters will be considered following the court process.