Met officers fired for using excessive force on 14-year-old boy during arrest | British News

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Two Metropolitan Police officers have been fired for lying about using excessive force in the arrest of a teenager.

A misconduct hearing found that PC Alexei Zalesskiy and PC Conor Ryan, both assigned to the North Area Command Unit, had used excessive force in the arrest of a 14-year-old boy.

The incident happened on April 17, 2021 when both officers were walking to Wilberforce Road in the Finsbury Park area of ​​London. There were reports of large numbers of youths, possibly armed with knives, causing unrest.

The 14-year-old boy in question spat at PC Zalesskiy and PC Ryan before running away from them. The two followed him and used force to arrest him nearby.

Both were found to have used excessive force upon arrest and subsequently lied in their statements about the incident.

Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines, who directs policing in the Northern Territory, said: “Officers must act with restraint and the public would naturally expect them to be honest about their actions.”

“Action will be taken against any official whose behavior falls below expectations.” “We are committed to raising standards, and those who do not meet those standards have no place at the Met.”

Both men have now been placed on the College of Policing’s blacklist.

The Crown Prosecution Service did not pursue criminal charges. have contacted the Met Police for more details.

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