– Tracey McCourt, Leonard McCourt's sister-in-law
"Our hearts were crushed, yet again, following the disciplinary panel's decision. We cannot understand how a panel could find PC Richard Clark guilty of every allegation that was raised against him and then allow him to keep his job. This, in our opinion, does not restore public faith in Durham Constabulary as a force."
The sister in law of a man who died while in police custody says her family's "hearts were crushed" after an officer involved in the case was found guilty of gross misconduct by a disciplinary panel but then allowed to continue in his job.
PC Richard Clark was one of three Durham Police officers involved in the arrest of Leonard McCourt in September 2010. They used pepper spray on Mr McCourt after being called to a disturbance at the 44 year old's house in Seaham.
The IPCC panel found that the officers failed to check that Mr McCourt was all right on the journey to Peterlee police station and didn't administer CPR properly. The other officers involved have since left the force and were not required to attend the hearing.
Speaking from her home in County Durham today, Mr McCourt's sister in law Tracey McCourt said her family cannot understand PC Richard Clark has been allowed to keep his job. Mrs McCourt said "This, in our opinion, does not restore public faith in Durham Constabulary as a force."