31/07/2013

IPCC To Hold Misconduct Inquiry Over Strip-Search

Eight police officers who strip-searched a woman arrested outside a London nightclub are to face disciplinary action after the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found the officers breached standards of professional behaviour.

The IPCC ruled that the strip-search, carried out by one female and four male officers, was done so "without adequate justification" and breached rules regarding such searches only being carried out by an officer of the same sex.

The incident took place at Chelsea police station in March 2011 and involved the woman's clothes being forcibly removed, her being left naked in a cell for half and hour and the search being broadcast to the stations custody desk via CCTV.

Announcing the misconduct inquiry IPCC chariman Derrick Campbell said he could not understand how any police officer would think they had the right to strip a person naked and to capture it on film.

He added that he was looking forward to the hearing "getting the answers that are needed".

(MH/CD)

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