Met pay out £30,000 for illegal stop & search on Chiswick Common

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Incident left Zac Sharif-Ali ‘gasping for breath’

A black man illegally stopped and searched by a plain clothes policeman on Chiswick Common in 2012 has won his ten year fight for compensation.

Zac Sharif-Ali was left ‘gasping for breath’ after the officer grabbed him and held him in a strangle hold. He was then taken to a police station and strip-serached.

Zac Sharif-Ali had been out walking his dog when a white officer, PC Duncan Bullock, put him in a headlock, without giving his name or his station, making the search illegal.

A letter from the Met’s directorate of professional standards stated it was “a matter of regret” that Sharif-Ali was unlawfully searched:

“I acknowledge the anxiety and distress this incident caused you and would like to apologise to you on behalf of the Metropolitan police service.”

Sharif-Ali received £30,000 worth of damages, bringing to an end his civil claim for compensation.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) only looked into the case after the Met had carried out three internal investigations, all of which it deemed to be inadequate, Mr Sharif-Ali took civil action himself.

The Metropolitan Police paid out £19.6m over four years between 2015 and 2019 in out of court settlements to people who had been on the receiving end of unlawful police behaviour.

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