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A police constable has been given a final written warning after allegations of gross misconduct were proven

PC Karl Bassom, based on the Central West BCU, answered allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of Standards of Professional Behaviour, in respect of duties and responsibilities, use of force, honesty and integrity and discreditable conduct.

It was alleged that in the early hours of 9 March 2019, during an arrest, PC Bassom was involved in a foot chase with a male who was resisting arrest. 

During the chase PC Bassom unholstered his Taser and flagged down a passing occupied private hire vehicle to try and catch up with the male. During this journey, he did not put his Taser back in its holster and it was armed while in the vehicle. 

The chase ended up on the Thames footpath where the officer discharged his Taser a number of times and challenged the male who fell to his knees and went into the river where he was again tasered.

The panel found gross misconduct for use of force and discreditable conduct.

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