Image above: Scotland Yard
A serving Metropolitan Police officer, PC Jonathon Cobban, 35, attached to the West Area Command Unit and a second serving officer, PC William Neville, 33, attached to the South West Command Unit have been charged with sending grossly offensive messages on a public communications network.
A third man, a former police officer, Joel Borders, 45, has also been charged, following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The three men will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 16 March for their first hearing.
The Metropolitan Police have put out a statement saying they “await the outcome of criminal proceedings and will continue to support the IOPC with their investigation.”
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Bas Javid said:
“I am deeply concerned to hear two serving officers and a former officer have been charged with these offences. I understand that the public will be very concerned too.
“Criminal proceedings must now take their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage.”
List of charges against west London officers stacking up
Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick resigned earlier this month as evidence of a sexist, racist police culture with the Met has grown, with a string of controversies undermining public confidence in the force.
Her resignation was, according to the editorial in last week’s Observer ‘long overdue’… ‘She has failed to grapple with the fact that policing attracts recruits with unsavoury motives who can take the opportunity to abuse power that a police uniform creates.’
Stories of police abuse just in west London have been mounting up. We recently reported a west London officer had barely kept his job, receiving a two year suspended sentence for causing death by careless driving. The week before we reported a west London officer had been changed with rape.
Two weeks before that West London borough police commander Chief Superintendent Paul Martin was sacked for gross misconduct which included sexist bullying, misuse of police funds and failing to declare a conflict of interest.
His colleague Chief Inspector Davinder Kandohla was also sacked for gross misconduct and a third officer who kept his job was also found to have breached Standards of Professional Behaviour, amounting to misconduct.
That’s just what we know about, since Christmas.
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