Police chief charged over shooting of unarmed man

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy will be charged over an alleged health and safety breach linked to the shooting of unarmed Anthony Grainger in March 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

GMP 'seeking resolution for force and the family'

Greater Manchester Police Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said:

Greater Manchester Police notes the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service to take no further action against any officer following the death of Anthony Grainger in March 2012.

The force also notes the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute Greater Manchester Police for a breach of section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

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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CPS: 'Serious deficiencies' in lead up to shooting

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said:

We have completed our review of the evidence provided by the Independent Police Complaints Commission in relation to the death of Anthony Grainger.

After careful consideration we have decided that the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, should be prosecuted as a corporation sole for failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

In addition to every employer’s responsibility towards their employees, the law also imposes a duty to ensure that work is carried out in a way that ensures, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons outside of their employment are not exposed to risk.

The chief officers of police forces are treated as employers for this purpose.

It is alleged that there were serious deficiencies in the preparation for this operation that unnecessarily exposed individuals to risk.

Criminal proceedings are active and the defendant has the right to a fair trial.

It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

– Alison Saunders, DPP

Police chief charged over shooting of unarmed man

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy will be charged over an alleged health and safety breach linked to the shooting of unarmed Anthony Grainger in March 2012, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Anthony Grainger, 36, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest in 2012. Credit: IPCC

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