Police officer who ‘sent selfies from teen murder as he guarded scene’ is formally dismissed

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Police signage (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Archive)
Police signage (Joe Giddens/PA) (PA Archive)

A police officer resigned after it emerged he had taken selfies at the scene of a teen murder as well as sharing racist and homophobic images over WhatsApp, it has been reported.

The behaviour of Pc Ryan Connolly was described as “deplorable” by Merseyside Police after a gross misconduct hearing also found he had stored racist and homophobic images on his phone between 2015 and 2018.

The Guardian reported that the hearing found he took photos of people being detained under mental health powers and, while on duty, shared an image of someone who had slashed their wrists. He was found and had grossly racist images of Muslim people and a Ku Klux Klan member.

The paper also said he took photos of himself after being assigned to guard a cordon at a scene where a teenager had been stabbed to death in 2018.

His case follows the sentencing of Metropolitan Police officers Pc Deniz Jaffer and Pc Jamie Lewis, who were jailed earlier this month after they took photos of murdered sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, and Nicole Smallman, 27, and shared them on WhatsApp.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Critchley confirmed Connolly had been formally dismissed from his post following a four-day hearing earlier this year.

He said: “I am appalled by Connolly’s actions, they are beyond comprehension and are not in keeping with the high standards and values that we expect here at Merseyside Police.

“Our officers carry out exceptionally brave, selfless acts every single day, protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities, yet here we see the despicable acts of a very selfish individual who has no place in our police service.

“An investigation by our Anti-Corruption Unit uncovered the fact that Connolly had been using his own phone to take photographs of vulnerable people whilst on duty and that the phone also contained appalling homophobic, racist and offensive images.

“It also revealed that Connolly was an associate of a known criminal and had not declared this association.

“His actions are an insult to the uniform and the police service, which consistently strives to protect our communities and provide a professional and inclusive service to the people of Merseyside.

“The behaviour of this officer is deplorable and serves to undermine the public’s confidence and trust in the police.

“We are quite clear, if any officer is found to be behaving in a way that does not meet our high standards we will take swift and robust action.” Connolly was convicted of three offences of possession of extreme material in November and is due to be sentenced on January 10, a force spokesman said.

Connolly, who resigned from the Merseyside force in November prior to the hearing, was found to have stored and shared homophobic, racist and “deeply offensive” images, to have taken photographs of vulnerable people while on duty and to have maintained contact with a known criminal without disclosing it to other officers.

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