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Police officer guilty of gross misconduct over 'use of force'

Incident involved use of incapacitant, Captor spray, tribunal hears

John Garvey


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A Thames Valley Police officer has been given a written warning for gross misconduct involving inappropriate use of the incapacitant Captor spray.

Sergeant John Chen, based in Reading local policing area, was sanctioned with a written warning on Friday, October 5, following a three day public misconduct hearing at Thames Valley Police headquarters in Oxford Road, Kidlington.

The hearing was chaired by a legally qualified chairwoman, Nicola Talbot Hadley.

The hearing was in connection with an incident in Tilehurst on July 17, when a man was being restrained by officers.

While trying to restrain the man, Sgt Chen sprayed the man with Captor spray in view of members of the public.

The panel found that Sgt Chen breached Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Use of Force, which amounted to gross misconduct.

No further details have been released so far.

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  • Scoop

    08/10/2018 - 10:10

    Distinct lack of transparency from the police complicates this story. On the face of it, it would appear the officer breached the rules using it on someone already restrained, which can of course contaminate those arresting him, and/or close to members of the public, who could have also been contaminated. As an aside, nowhere does it say the man fought with officers, only that he was being restrained. There is an assumption, but no evidence in this article.


  • Ajwatson

    06/10/2018 - 20:08

    Shouldnt have fought police.


    • Nimby

      06/10/2018 - 21:09

      You seem to have missed the point, read the headline?


      • Ajwatson

        07/10/2018 - 16:04

        You seem to have misread my post. HE SHOULDN'T HAVE FOUGHT POLICE.