Merton Police Constable Cleared Of Using "Unreasonable Force"

He will now resume full duties after hearing finds allegations not proven

A Merton police officer has been cleared of using unreasonable levels of force by pushing a person, causing them to fall to the ground.

PC James Nattrass, based in Merton Borough, faced a misconduct hearing which concluded on February 16. He had been placed on restricted duties during the investigation.

It was alleged that on December 13 2014, PC Nattrass had used unlawful and/or unreasonable levels of force on a person, specifically pushing them and causing them to be lifted from their feet and fall to the ground.

In doing so, the officer faced allegations that his conduct was in breach of the Met's standards of professional behaviour in respect of ‘use of force’.

The panel, having taken all the evidence including CCTV footage into consideration, found the case not proven.

A statement from the Met said PC Nattrass, who had been placed on restricted duties during the investigation, will now resume full duties.

February 26, 2018