Greater Manchester Police has responded to the Crown Prosecution's decisions to charge Chief Constable Peter Fahy in relation the the shooting of unarmed Anthony Grainger.
Chief Constable Fahy will face charges over alleged breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
"Since Mr Grainger's death 22 months ago, Greater Manchester Police has co-operated fully with the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the Crown Prosecution Service and HM Coroner. Our sympathies remain with Mr Grainger's family and we deeply regret the loss that they have suffered.
"Mr Grainger's family, and the officers involved, have had to wait a long time for this decision to be reached and we share the frustrations over those delays. However, we understand that it was vitally important that the investigation was carried out thoroughly to establish all the facts.
"Now that a charging decision has been made regarding the Force itself, it is equally important that these legal processes are allowed to take their course unimpeded in order to seek a resolution for both the family of Mr Grainger and the Force.
"The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated this matter independently and we await the official publication of their report. This matter also remains the subject of a Coronial Inquest, so Greater Manchester Police is unable to make further comment at this time."
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