Metropolitan Police have shared full personal details of a woman who complained about the assault on a male officer during the arrest of a vulnerable woman with that officer – including her home address.
The 36-year-old, from Lewisham, south London, witnessed the warning and arrest of a woman and her partner over suspected domestic violence in June.
She filed a complaint with the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after seeing a policeman repeatedly yelling “f *** off” at the woman he was caring for, and pushing her over. chest, causing it to fall on the road.
“The behavior of the policeman struck me as completely reprehensible,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified. The independent. âWhether or not he felt threatened, it was unacceptable to swear and use force against a vulnerable woman who may have already been assaulted by her partner.
She told the IOPC that if the woman complained about her treatment at the officer’s hands, she would be happy to support her version of events.
The IOPC forwarded its complaint to the Metropolitan Police for processing. The woman received a letter later in June confirming that her concerns would be investigated and confirming that the force had “also sent a copy of our file to the police officer (s) who are the subject of your complaint.” This file contained the complainant’s full contact information.
“I felt vulnerable and exposed knowing that he knew that I had complained and where I lived, and that I probably wouldn’t have complained in the first place if I had known this would happen,” he said. she declared.
The complaint was eventually forwarded to the local Lewisham Police Branch for investigation. The woman called to express concern about the sharing of her personal data, but the professional standards manager at that office told her standard procedures were followed.
She eventually spoke with the officer’s supervisor, but said she did not understand her fears and was reassured that the officer in question was “a very reasonable guy”.
“It was about 10 days after Wayne Couzens admitted to the kidnapping of Sarah Everard six miles away, so it seemed particularly strange to me that none of the officers I had spoken to seemed to understand why, as woman, I would be particularly worried about a potentially violent police officer having my address, âshe said.
Metropolitan Police admitted personal details were shared with the male officer whose conduct they criticized, but said they believed the case was “an isolated incident.” He added that personal information should be removed from any document before it becomes the subject of a complaint.
Nonetheless, he has now revamped his complaint form to prevent the same mistake from happening again and reminded the forces how to handle this personal information.
Jamie Klingler, spokesperson for the Reclaim These Streets campaign, said the incident was “another example of the Met’s introverted approach to controlling the capital. They continue to protect their own at the expense of women and girls across London. “
A spokesman for the Met said: âThe complaint has been forwarded to the Southeastern Professional Standards Unit of the BCU for investigation. During this process, the complainant’s contact information was provided to the officer who was the subject of the complaint.
“This was done in error – the form used has since been adapted to remove details, and staff have been reminded of the importance of checking documents before shipping.”
The investigation into the original complaint concluded last month that the service provided by the officers involved in the arrest was acceptable.