Referral made to CPS following investigation into Haringey Taser incident

Published: 04 Mar 2021

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has referred a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider charges against a Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officer relating to their use of a Taser during an incident in Haringey, north London.

Our investigation has been completed into an incident on 4 May 2020, which led to a man in his 20s being taken to hospital and assessed as having life changing injuries. The man fell from a wall after being Tasered by an officer from the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG) who approached him in Burgoyne Road, Finsbury Park N4.

Our investigation followed a mandatory referral from the MPS, and enquiries led to us notifying one officer that they were under criminal investigation. The officer was also served with a notice of investigation for gross misconduct.

IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: “Following thorough and careful analysis of the evidence we have decided there is an indication an officer may have committed grievous bodily harm (GBH) in relation to their use of Taser and a file has been sent to the CPS.

“It is important to note that a referral to the CPS does not necessarily mean that criminal charges will follow. The CPS will decide whether charges should be brought and if so what charges those should be.

“We have provided the man and the Met with updates throughout our investigation and we continue to engage with the local community affected by this incident."

  • Use of force and armed policing