Neville Edwards, a local freelance Health and Safety Advisor has claimed there is a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) ‘cover-up’.
The 33-year-old said ‘there has been a grave abuse of process’ following a misconduct meeting regarding an officer who Mr Edwards believes assaulted him.
Mr Edwards was convicted of Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) on 14 January 2016. He had bitten the officer who violently punched and elbowed him, whilst another kneed and punched him – all of which was captured on CCTV.
The bite, on the officer’s arm, resulted in Mr Edwards being sent to prison for 12 months – 6 months in custody and the remaining 6 on license.
Since being released from Manchester (Strangeways) prison, Mr Edwards has spoken about how inmates with serious mental health problems are not getting the right treatment in some of our jails. Mr Edwards has suffered from documented mental health issues.
In the recent case, Mr Edwards says a ‘secret misconduct hearing’ held by the GMP found that the officers he believes assaulted him had no case to answer.
‘It was the decision of the IPCC and COS that Custody Detention Officer Ryan McFie had committed Assault against me’, Mr Edwards wrote.
He added that this was ‘because it was past the time limit for prosecuting police that GMP should hold him to account.’
Chief Superintendent Annette Anderson, from GMP’s Professional Standards Branch, commented on the case. “The IPCC directed GMP to take disciplinary proceedings in relation to the conduct of a GMP custody detention officer”, she said.
“A misconduct meeting was held on the 17 August 2017 and the panel found the case not proven”, Chief Superintendent Anderson said.
Mr Edwards believes the ‘secret misconduct hearing’ that the Police held ‘is in clear breach of government and ACPO guidelines and regulations.’