A police firearms officer involved in the shooting of barrister Mark Saunders will face misconduct action over a “crass remark” he made to a senior officer about inserting song titles into evidence he gave at the inquest, the police watchdog has said.
But the Metropolitan Police officer, known only as AZ8, was cleared of deliberately inserting the song titles into his evidence.
“On the balance of probabilities he, neither acting alone or in conspiracy with other officers, deliberately inserted song titles into his evidence,” the Independent Police Complaints Commission said.
The firearms officer made the “insensitive” remark to a senior officer about “getting in two song titles” during the inquest.
The senior officer, who will also face action for his mishandling of the situation, also told investigators that AZ8 made a specific reference to George Michael.
At the inquest, AZ8 referred to one Michael song, Faith, the IPCC said.
The senior officer immediately informed the Met’s legal team, but two other meetings, where he sought to address AZ8’s comment and swearing while he gave evidence, “were confused and lacked clarity”, the IPCC found.
“On this specific point it is found that the senior officer mishandled the situation and action will now be taken by the Metropolitan Police Service to address this,” the watchdog said.