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GMP Federation

“A grotesque pantomime with the aim to subject Greater Manchester Police to trial by media rather than fact”

19 June 2021

“A grotesque pantomime with the aim to subject Greater Manchester Police to trial by media rather than fact”

On Wednesday 6 May 2020 an incident took place in Stretford where officers stopped a vehicle being driven at high speed on Chester Road.
Following the vehicle stopping the incident escalated and officers deployed Taser and arrested the driver. He has since been convicted of offences arising from his actions.
The officers concerned in the incident have been subject to IOPC investigation, and following this process IOPC have concluded that there was no misconduct, and the officers responded proportionately.
Chief Constable Stephen Watson said: "The officers did what I would expect of them in stopping the vehicle and they conducted themselves professionally and proportionately. They made decisions under what were clearly very difficult circumstances, they faced resistance from the driver involved, their response was measured and resulted in a successful conviction.
"The presence of an innocent child in this scenario is particularly regrettable, although this too is due to the actions of the offending motorist. The officers took immediate steps to care for the child and took him to a family member's home to be looked after. Where our officers misbehave they will be held accountable but when they are doing their duty professionally they deserve our respect and support.
"Whilst we accept the IOPC has made some comment in relation to GMP policies and training, it is always important to refresh and review operational training, and the support we provide to officers, and I will ensure these important matters are subject to ongoing and detailed scrutiny."
Stu Berry, Chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, said: “This is great news for my colleagues following what I know was an extremely stressful time.
“The commentary from a small minority which accompanied selective video footage of this incident posted online was a grotesque pantomime with the aim to subject my members to trial by media rather than fact.
“We must all work together to reject those efforts. In reality this is another example of the dangers police officers face each and every day to keep the public safe.”


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