(CNS): Three police officers convicted of assaulting suspects during the process of arrests have not been fired. The RCIPS released a statement on Saturday confirming that the officers have been suspended “from any and all police duties, but will continue to receive their police salary”. Cardiff Robinson and Austin Etienne were convicted of assault after they were involved in an arrest where a court found excessive force was used after the suspect was tasered twice. Michael ‘Bobby’ Peart was charged and convicted after beating a suspect with his truncheon in a patrol car following a traffic stop.
The police said that any “further developments with respect to their employment status with the RCIPS will be shared as appropriate”, but there were no details on how long the suspension will be for and whether they will eventually return to duty or will be sacked.
All three police officers were on duty and carrying out arrests when they assaulted the suspects and the new commissioner of police confirmed that officers should not be using more force than necessary when trying to take people into custody.
“Police officers have important duties to carry out while enforcing the law and ensuring public safety,” said CoP Derek Byrne. “They must have the right to use reasonable force while doing so without threat of prosecution. But this right never extends to the excessive use of force, which violates basic rights, erodes public confidence, and undermines the good work that the overwhelming majority of RCIPS officers often put themselves in harm’s way to do.”