Mike Graham: Police dangerous driving probe ‘an utter disgrace’

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

talkRADIO's Mike Graham has said it is an “absolute and utter disgrace” that two police officers are being formally investigated after being involved in a crash while attending a terror attack.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said yesterday that it had served notices for alleged dangerous driving and gross misconduct after an unmarked police vehicle crashed, injuring two people.

It happened while officers were responding to the Streatham terror attack last month, in which convicted terrorist Sudesh Amman stabbed two people while wearing a fake suicide vest.

The watchdog said criminal investigations may not lead to criminal charges and misconduct notices do not imply guilt, adding: “Such notices are not judgmental in any way.”

But Mike disagreed.

He said police should be driving “quite fast” and in a “risky manner” to prevent people from being “stabbed by some crazed maniac who was let out of jail too early”.

He went on: “Occasionally things go wrong; occasionally you’re going to have the odd collision.

“It doesn’t mean that you should take these guys down and start charging them with crimes and start insinuating that they might lose their jobs. It’s an absolute and utter disgrace.”

WATCH: MPF chairman Ken Marsh calls for 'common sense'

Mike also spoke to Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, who said he was “really frustrated” by IOPC’s decision.

He told talkRADIO: “Absolutely as police officers we should be transparent, we should be investigated. But gross misconduct? Come on, let’s have a bit of common sense here.”

“As police officers, you’re trained to all sorts of levels, the training is very intense, it’s very pressurised and quite rightly, it’s so that you are competent and have the ability to do what you are doing.

“So therefore, when an officer has an accident, that’s what we’re talking about. Treat it as an accident and say, as the Prime Minister said and the Home Secretary said, well done for getting there so quickly.”

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