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  1. The chairman called his behaviour 'disgraceful'. Date - 2nd October 2018 By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle 3 Comments A Met police officer persuaded a young man he did not need a solicitor for a criminal interview and then phoned his father about “rumours” he had been falsely accused in a bid to rectify the damage, a misconduct panel have ruled. PC Clifford Fox, based at Hackney, was responsible for transferring Joey Doherty, now 26, from Wood Green police station to Stoke Newington after he was arrested on February 23, 2014. Mr Doherty asked for a lawyer when he was first taken into custody but later changed his mind. Legally qualified chairman Christopher McKay ruled PC Fox, who has served 14 years in the police, did advise Mr Doherty not to ask for a lawyer as this would slow the process down and mistakenly told him accepting a simple caution would not impact his plans to travel to America. He then called Joey’s father, Trevor, out of the blue and told him about rumours Joey was falsely accused and said the officer Joey received a caution for punching “was always lying and making up evidence”. Joey’s caution was later cancelled and the officer PC Fox referred to went through a lengthy investigation. The officer was cleared of all wrongdoing - but not before he left the police service. According to Mr McKay, Mr Doherty’s struggle with the officer ensued after he told him the police could not give him a lift home. Mr McKay found allegations of gross misconduct proven against the police officer and dismissed him without notice. “The fact that PC Fox discouraged Joey Doherty from receiving legal advice was in itself a serious departure from the standards of professional behaviour required of a police officer,” he said. “This was then compounded by PC Fox attempting to undermine the validity of the caution by questioning the veracity of a fellow officer. “The MPS relies on cooperation and respect amongst its officers. “The criminal justice system depends on the integrity of police officers. “PC Fox undermined both these fundamental principls by his actions.” Neither was the panel impressed by the argument PC Fox should be credited for getting Joey’s caution cancelled - the panel believed there was evidence against Joey. Mr McKay added: “The panel gives PC Fox credit for his good character and makes allowances for his obvious nervousness. “However the panel was of the opinion that PC Fox sought to minimise his culpability and repeatedly claimed to have acted with the best of intentions but in the wrong way. “The panel finds that PC Fox was trying to rectify a serious error of judgement which he had made and did this in a wholly unprofessional and malicious way. “ PC Fox was criticised for displaying a “want of integrity” and Mr McKay said the public would be “shocked” to learn how he ignore official guifance about dealing with an arrested person. Mr McKay called his actions “disgraceful” and said the language he used to describe his colleague to Trevor Doherty was “insulting and demeaning and highly unprofessional”. PC Fox produced 17 character references from colleagues, local residents’ representatives, community leaders, friends and members of the public but the panel concluded personal mitigation has limited impact in police misconduct cases. His lawyer declined to comment. The panel took two working days in which to reach its verdict and the hearing was plagued with technical issues which threatened Police Oracle’s ability to report on proceedings. Press and public are required to watch misconduct proceedings in a separate building to the Empress State Building, where hearings are hosted, via video link which frequently breaks down and cuts out. Police Oracle has made MPS aware on several occasions the poor quality of the equipment is compromising the principle of open justice and the government’s mandate to host the hearings in public. After a two day wait for the outcome of the hearing, the video link broke down completely and no audio or image was transmitted to the viewing room. By the time the MPS arranged for our reporter to enter the Empress State Building, the panel had withdrawn to consider what sanctions should be imposed. Mr McKay eventually announced now-former PC Fox was to be dismissed but said he could not give reasons because of “IT problems”. Initially Mr Mckay would not consent to allowing Police Oracle to see a copy of the document from which he read during the public hearing and insisted the document be redacted. Police Oracle has contacted the MPS for a comment about the way the videolink service is compromising public access to the hearings. View On Police Oracle

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