Met police officer dismissed for assaulting teenager following arrest in Leyton

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A police constable has been dismissed after assaulting a teenager he arrested in Leyton.

PC Steven Martin was dismissed from the Metropolitan Police after breaching standards of professional behaviour in relation to “use of force”, “authority, respect and courtesy”, “conduct” and “honesty and “integrity”.

It came after PC Martin pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in January to common assault while arresting a teenager in February 2021.

He was sentenced to a 14-week curfew and ordered to pay court costs.

After hearing all of the evidence, a misconduct panel found his actions amounted to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.

Detective Superintendent Thomas Williams, from the Specialist Firearms Command, said: “PC Martin has admitted in court that his actions amounted to assault – while the use of force is an unavoidable aspect of frontline policing it must be appropriate and proportionate, and officers are rightly scrutinized for their actions.

“Misconduct proceedings have now concluded and deemed PC Martin’s actions require his dismissal from the force. I hope this demonstrates to Londoners that such behaviour is not acceptable from our officers and will be dealt with through the appropriate channels.”

PC Martin will now be added to the Barred List held by the College of Policing.

Those appearing on the list cannot be employed by police, local policing bodies (PCCs), the Independent Office for Police Conduct or Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services.

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