Police cleared of misconduct over statements on search of man who died

Habib Ullahsource: The Guardian
published: 15 June 2015

Five police officers who changed their accounts of a stop and search carried out on a man who later died have been cleared of misconduct by a disciplinary panel.

Thames Valley officers DS Jason Liles, DC Richard Bazeley and PCs Kate Granger, Chris Pomery and Howard Wynne admitted deleting aspects of their initial statements, including references to use of force, from accounts subsequently provided to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) of their encounter with Habib “Paps” Ullah, a 39-year-old father of three.

Ullah, from Slough, Berkshire, was declared dead at Wycombe General hospital on the evening of 3 July 2008, around 90 minutes after the car in which he was travelling was stopped by officers in High Wycombe.

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Police accused of ‘breathtaking changes’ to story of their search of man who died

Habib Ullah Vigilsource: The Guardian
published: 4 June 2015

Five police officers who stopped and searched a man who died later the same evening made “breathtaking” changes to their account of the incident, a disciplinary hearing has been told.

Thames Valley police officers DS Jason Liles, DC Richard Bazeley, and PCs Kate Granger, Chris Pomery and Howard Wynne are accused of gross misconduct in relation to the incident involving Habib “Paps” Ullah on 3 July 2008. Ullah, 39, a father of three from Slough, Berkshire, was declared dead at Wycombe general hospital at 8.30pm, one-and-a-half hours after the car in which he was travelling was subjected to a stop and search in High Wycombe.

All five officers are accused of removing crucial information relating to the incident that was included in their draft statements from accounts later provided to the police watchdog. Liles is additionally accused of gross misconduct in relation to slapping Ullah on the back.

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Thames Valley Police to hold misconduct hearings in public

What about the Youth?

Source: The IPCC
published: 12 May 2015

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has directed Thames Valley Police to hold a misconduct hearing for five officers in public following the death of Habib Ullah in July 2008.

In August 2014 the IPCC announced that its investigation found a case to answer for gross misconduct against five Thames Valley police officers.

After the inquest concluded and following a mandatory consultation with interested parties, IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori has concluded that the high level of public interest; the gravity and seriousness of the case; and the need for transparency mean the full misconduct hearing should be held in public. Continue reading