Faruk Ali case: Misconduct hearing against officers to go ahead as PCCs recruit panel chairs

Faruk Ali
Faruk Ali

A long awaited misconduct hearing against two Beds Police officers can now go ahead in the New Year, the Herald & Post can confirm.

In December 2014 PCs Christopher Thomas and Christopher Pitts were found not guilty of misconduct in a public office by chasing autistic Luton man Faruk Ali in a police car.

However both officers are still subject to a gross misconduct hearing following an inquiry carried out by Leicestershire Police and supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Due to a change in law the hearing will take place in public – but proceedings have been held back while Olly Martins and other PCCs from across the region recruit legally trained professionals to chair the hearings.

That delay, which has been branded “incredible and ludicrous” by Justice4Faruk campaigners, is now over.

In total 17 lawyers have been recruited on an initial four-year term and will undergo training to help them in the role.

They will receive a daily rate of £366.

Beds PCC Olly Martins has said that the appointments will “enhance the transparency and openness of the police disciplinary process.”