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IOPC to investigate conduct of police officer as part of Mohamud Mohamed Hassan death probe

15 Feb 2021 3 minutes Read
Mohamud Mohammed Hassan

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have said they will investigate the conduct of a police officer as part of a probe into police contact with Mohamud Mohamed Hassan before his death.

The South Wales Police officer attended the Newport Road, Cardiff address on 8 January and accompanied Mr Hassan to Cardiff Bay custody unit in the rear of a police van.

During this time period, Mr Hassan was heard on body worn camera “to complain of having a fit, suffering a migraine, and displayed signs of experiencing pain” the IOPC said.

The misconduct notice relates to this information potentially not being passed to custody staff in charge of Mr Hassan’s welfare, the IOPC said.

The IOPC had previously said that “preliminary indications are that there is no physical trauma injury to explain a cause of death”.

‘Condolences’

“The serving of a misconduct notice does not necessarily mean an officer has committed any wrongdoing,” the IOPC said in a statement.

“It is to notify an officer that their conduct is being investigated. The most serious sanction that can be imposed if an officer is subsequently found to have breached professional standards at misconduct level is a written warning.”

The IOPC added that an independent investigation into the circumstances of Mohamud Mohamed Hassan’s death on Saturday 9 January is progressing with a team of investigators continuing to analyse many hours of body-worn video and CCTV footage.

IOPC Director for Wales, Catrin Evans, said: “We are continuing to analyse the footage and piece together other evidence, and we are looking at all the interaction police had with Mr Hassan over the weekend of his death.

“In the course of an investigation, where an indication arises that an officer may have breached professional standards that may warrant a disciplinary sanction, we serve a disciplinary notice to advise them they are subject to investigation.

“We have advised Mr Hassan’s family and South Wales Police that we have done so for one officer over possibly not passing information about Mr Hassan’s welfare to the custody sergeant on duty.

“We keep misconduct notices under review during the course of an investigation. At the conclusion of an investigation, the IOPC decides whether any officer under notice has a disciplinary case to answer.”

South Wales Police said: “We acknowledge the impact Mr Hassan’s death has had on his family, friends and the wider community. Our thoughts and condolences continue to be with them.”

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