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September 3

GMP officer dismissed after using excessive force on a man

Use of Force

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A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officer has been dismissed without notice after a police disciplinary panel concluded he used excessive force on a man in Manchester city centre.

At the misconduct hearing held by GMP yesterday (2 September) it was determined that PC Philip Ellis breached the standards of professional behaviour relating to use of force and that gross misconduct was proven.

The hearing was held following an Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation into a complaint made by a 23-year-old man who was injured when PC Ellis struck him on the head with his baton during his arrest. The incident happened after a disturbance outside a bar on Deansgate Locks in October 2016 and the man required hospital treatment for his injuries.

The IOPC investigation took five months and concluded in March 2017 when the findings and evidence were provided to GMP.  In February 2018 the force agreed that the officer had a case to answer for gross misconduct.

IOPC Regional Director Amanda Rowe said: “Police officers are trained to deal with challenging situations and should only use force when it is necessary, proportionate and reasonable. We found a case to answer that PC Ellis used an excessive amount of force when dealing with the disturbance. Having considered all of the evidence we gathered during our investigation, the panel decided PC Ellis had behaved recklessly and his actions put people at risk.”

At the conclusion of our investigation, IOPC referred the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service which decided the evidence did not support a criminal prosecution.

PC Ellis will now be placed on the police barred list.

About the author 

Steven Morrison

Steven Morrison is a 32 year veteran door supervisor and subject specialist within the private security industry. He has acted as a expert for two national awarding bodies. In 2014 Steven was a lead expert working on the learning outcomes for national qualifications development for private security operatives. He still works within the private security industry today and delivers specialist legal training opportunities through our training business. He works as a expert witness for various law firms in Scotland on issues relating to the private security industry, data privacy and use of force.

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