Met Police officer investigated over Haringey Taser incident

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Image caption The man who fell was arrested on suspicion of drug-related offences and taken to hospital

A criminal investigation has been launched into the actions of a Metropolitan Police officer after a man suffered life-changing injuries when he was shot with a Taser.

The man, in his 20s, fell when he was Tasered as he jumped over a wall in Haringey, north London, on 4 May.

The police watchdog said the officer was being investigated under caution on suspicion of causing GBH.

It said it had asked the officer involved to provide a written account.

Sal Naseem, from the Independent Office for Police Conduct, said: “Having examined a range of evidence including body worn video, witness statements and medical evidence, we have taken the decision that this is now a criminal investigation.

“A criminal investigation does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow.

“We understand that many people are concerned about this incident and I want to reassure people that this is being thoroughly and independently investigated.”

The Met Police said the officer had been working on restricted duties but this would be now be reviewed.

Two other police officers who were at the scene are being treated as witnesses.

Det Ch Supt Treena Fleming, commander of the Met’s North Area Command Unit, said she had spoken to the victim and his family and assured them the Met was committed to supporting the IOPC’s investigation.