Details of how Four Met Police officers investigated over arrest and detention of strip search girl, 15

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Four Metropolitan Police officers are being investigated in connection with the arrest and detention of a 15-year-old girl who was later strip-searched.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct issued misconduct notices to a police sergeant and three constables (IOPC).

The girl was detained at Walworth Police Station in Kennington, south London, on 11 December 2020.

The incident occurred shortly after another 15-year-old black girl, identified only as Child Q, was strip-searched at an east London school.

Child Q was searched by two female officers without any other adults present, despite the fact that she was on her period.

Details of how Four Met Police officers investigated over arrest and detention of strip search girl, 15
The girl was detained at Walworth Police Station in Kennington, south London, on 11 December 2020.

Four Metropolitan Police constables were issued gross misconduct notices in connection with the incident, which sparked outrage among the public and politicians.

The IOPC told Sky News on Thursday that the investigation into their actions is ongoing.

The mother of the girl detained in December 2020 came forward after publicity about Child Q.

The IOPC launched an investigation after the complaint was received in May 2022.

“We can confirm that four Metropolitan Police Service officers have been served misconduct notices as part of our ongoing investigation,” the watchdog said in a statement.

“A police sergeant and three police constables have been served notices in relation to the arrest and detention of the child, who was strip searched by MPS officers.

“Our investigation began following a referral in May 2022.

“The serving of misconduct notices does not necessarily mean disciplinary proceedings will follow.

“Due to the sensitivities surrounding this matter, we cannot provide any further information at this time.”

source:nsemwokrom.com

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