proven against Police after Burnham-On-Sea man's death
of misconduct have been proven against three Police officers this
week following an incident in Burnham-On-Sea three years ago.
panel, led by an independent Legally Qualified Chair, ruled that
allegations of gross misconduct against PC Stephen Brawley, PC Ian
Bartlett and PC Nick White were not proven, but they did find the
officers had committed misconduct.
the ruling, the panel decided no sanctions should be imposed on
any of the officers.
allegations related to the officers actions following the
arrest of 40-year-old David Fournier DAlbe on Sunday 28th
December 2014, in connection with a fire in Burnham-On-Sea, pictured
here and which we featured
here at the time.
was later charged with being drunk and disorderly and for hindering
a member of the emergency services (fire service) and was remanded
in custody to appear at court on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
Fournier DAlbe sadly died in Bridgwater Custody Centre in
the early hours of Tuesday 30th December from natural causes.
cause of his sudden death is not related to these misconduct proceedings.
officers were alleged to have not informed custody staff or medical
professionals about an incident in which Mr Fournier DAlbe
fell and suffered a minor head injury in a holding cell, following
his arrest. PAVA spray had been used on Mr Fournier DAlbe
during the struggle to restrain him.
head injury and use of force had also not been recorded. This minor
head injury and the use of PAVA were not contributory factors in
misconduct hearing for Custody Sergeant Ian Flower, who was on duty
when Mr Fournier DAlbe died, is due to take place tomorrow
Chief Constable Nikki Watson said: "Id firstly like to
renew our heartfelt sympathies to the family of David Fournier DAlbe
for their tragic loss."
misconduct proceedings resulted from an investigation carried out
by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and focussed
on how duties and responsibilities were carried out following Mr
Fournier DAlbes arrest and subsequent detention in custody."
fully respect the findings of the panel, led by an independent Legally
have comprehensive policies and procedures in place governing how
we deal with people detained in our custody centres, all of which
adhere to the College of Policings Authorised Professional
this incident, weve continued to provide training, guidance
and facilities that prioritise the safety of people in custody."
training provided has included information to assist officers and
staff in conducting effective risk assessments for people in custody
and how to identify and respond to detainee vulnerabilities."
Custody Visitors regularly visit our Force custody centres as part
of our aim of being as open and transparent as possible. They are
able to observe, comment and report on conditions of people who
have been detained and are authorised to check on their welfare
and custodial arrangements."
full determination can be found here.