North Wales Police officers have been cleared of misconduct, after a man was diagnosed with a broken rib and punctured lung, while in police custody.
The man, who can’t be named for legal reasons, alleged that when he was arrested for assault and criminal damage, on 27 July 2015, the officers sprayed him with incapacitant spray as soon as he opened his door, and then handcuffed him and pushed him to the ground.
He also alleged that an officer then dropped his knee onto his lower back, causing him severe pain and difficulty breathing.
When he was first taken into Caernarfon custody suite, he was examined by a custody nurse, who concluded that he was fit to be detained.
The next morning, a different custody nurse examined the man and raised concerns, so he was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken rib and punctured lung.
But the man alleged that his requests for medical attention were ignored, and stated that a nurse did not attend until the following morning.
On 3 February 2017, the man submitted a written complaint about his treatment to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) but they’ve concluded that there is no case to answer.
A spokesman for the IOPC said: “Investigators obtained a statement from the man, and reviewed contemporaneous records, including witness statements, radio transmissions and the custody record.
“The investigation concluded that no police officer, staff member or relevant contractor had a case to answer for misconduct or gross misconduct.”
Source : DailyPost