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EXCLUSIVE: No officers to face prosecution or disciplinary action over taser death

Jordon Begley Photo: PA

Granada reports can reveal that NO officers from Greater Manchester Police will face prosecution or disciplinary action over the death of a man after he'd been shot with a taser.

Jordon Begley, 23, died after being Tasered and restrained when Greater Manchester Police officers were called to his home in Gorton, Manchester, during a row with neighbours in July 2013.

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An original report by police watchdog the IPCC into his death, which found no individual officer had a case to answer, was quashed by the High Court in 2016 after it was found to be inconsistent with a subsequent inquest.

We have reviewed all of the evidence from the original case and assessed this evidence against that was given during the inquest. The reinvestigation was completed by a team with no previous involvement in the original investigation.

"We examined the actions of six Greater Manchester Police officers and my view is that one former officer may have breached the professional standards of behaviour in relation to their use of force.

"We have shared our provisional findings with the force and will wait for their response and any other outstanding matters, before we publish our report.

"Our thoughts remain with Dorothy and her family."

– Ian Todd, deputy director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct

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Ian Todd, deputy director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), formerly the IPCC, said he met with Mr Begley's mother, Dorothy, on Thursday to update her on the completed reinvestigation.

He said:

The IPCC requested a fresh investigation following an inquest jury's narrative verdict in 2015 which found Mr Begley died from "stress-induced cardiac arrest and that the discharge of the Taser and the manner in which the officers restrained Mr Begley materially contributed to his death".

Judges ruled the first investigation failed properly to consider conflicting evidence as to whether, when Mr Begley was Tasered, he had his hands in his pockets, where there could have been a knife.

GMP Federation Chairman Stu Berry welcomed the outcome of the IOPC investigation but criticised the length of time it had taken.

He said:

The 2018 World Cup is upon us. To put this investigation into some perspective, it began well before the previous tournament. Unfortunately, this highlights the length of time it has taken to reach these conclusions.

"The IOPC has to appreciate the impact these ridiculously long investigations have on police officers, their families and the communities we serve. The federation is keen to work with them to facilitate the changes that are much needed."

– Stu Berry, Greater Manchester Police Federation Chairman

He added:

"The restrictions placed on five of these officers during the majority of the previous five years have prevented them from engaging in front line policing and armed policing throughout.

"That is more than #1 million of public money spent on salaries for these officers to essentially sit behind desks in times of austerity and when the threat level to the country has been severe."

– Stu Berry, Greater Manchester Police Federation Chairman