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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A Dagenham woman who had a miscarriage shortly after an “altercation” with a officer in Goodmayes has been told there was no proof the officer breached misconduct regulations.
The 24-year-old woman, Margaret, who only wanted her first name printed, lodged a complaint claiming she and her baby daughter were injured when the officer allegedly hit them with a car door in April.
According to a decision letter from the Metropolitan Police Directorate of Professional Standards, Margaret was stopped by an officer while driving down Goodmayes Lane and found to be driving without a full UK driving licence or insurance in her sister’s car.
She was with her seven-month-old daughter at the time.
The policeman took the car keys to impound the car according to regulations and two more officers arrived at the scene.
The letter states that the first policeman believed Margaret attempted to get in his patrol car while holding her baby and used “reasonable force” to prevent her getting in.
The letter says: “[A witness] described seeing PC ***** move towards you before grabbing you… she documents that PC ***** was trying to shut the car door while you were half in the police car.”
It adds that the CCTV inside the car was “defective” on the day and the officer in question denied hitting Margaret and her baby with the door.
The car was eventually driven away by officers and impounded.
Margaret took her baby to King George’s Hospital later in the day with “bruises” and was referred to Queen’s Hospital herself when she started bleeding.
Blood tests confirmed she had a miscarriage but the report said there was insufficient evidence to prove it was caused by the police incident.
Margaret said: “I’ve been going through counselling because of depression and they haven’t taken that into account at all.
“There’s so much trauma I’ve gone through, I was seven weeks and six days pregnant.”
Her daughter was discharged from hospital without serious injury but bruising was recorded by the examining doctor.
The investigating officer concluded: “I have been unable to prove on the balance of probabilities that any officer has broken the law or breached the MPS standards of professional behaviour.
“While I have come to this view, I do want to emphasise that this is not because I doubt what you told us.
“My findings simply reflect the fact that there was not sufficient independent evidence in this case for me to say that any officer has acted inappropriately.”