A Metropolitan Police Service officer has been convicted of a common assault following an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
PC Karl Bartlett, from the MPS’s Territorial Support Group, was convicted of assaulting a 14 year-old-boy, a passenger in a vehicle he had stopped, following a four day trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
PC Colin Nye was acquitted of the same offence and PC Anthony Read, was acquitted of assaulting Lee Rosier, 24, during the same incident.
The investigation related to an incident where Mr Rosier, his 14 year old passenger and a nine year old boy were returning home from a classic car event in North West London on March 1, last year when their vehicle was stopped by a police van. Mr Rosier, who admitted using his mobile phone while driving, and his passenger were then forcibly removed from their vehicle.
The IPCC undertook an independent investigation following a complaint from Mr Rosier and his passenger that the three officers had used excessive force. Both complainants sustained cut lips and facial injuries.
Mike Franklin, IPCC commissioner, said: “After a full trial, the judge decided that PC Bartlett’s actions towards his victim were criminal in nature. This young man had committed no offence and offered no resistance when officers stopped the vehicle he was travelling in. We do not expect our police officers to abuse their power and positions and, as this case shows, when they do so in this way they will be held accountable by the courts.”