Criminal charges brought against officer filmed sawing through windscreen after vehicle stop
16 Mar 2017
A police officer caught on film smashing a car windscreen has been charged with four offences following an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation.
PC Joshua Savage in a screenshot
taken from the video which was
widely shared on social media
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Police Constable Joshua Savage has been charged with common assault, possession of a bladed article, criminal damage, and threatening behaviour.
The charges relate to an incident filmed by a motorist and widely shared on social media on September 16, 2016 in Camden, north London.
PC Savage and a colleague conducted a stop and search on the driver of a Ford Fiesta, and as the man refused to leave his car, the officer began shouting “get out of the car”
He repeatedly hit the side window with his baton, then began sawing the windscreen with a small blade until the motorist stepped out of the vehicle.
It was later discovered the man had been stopped in a case of mistaken identity, and he was not arrested.
The footage was investigated by the Directorate of Professional Standards and both officers were placed on restricted duties.
The IPCC completed its inquiry into the incident in February and referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service, who authorised the charges against PC Savage.
A MPS spokesperson said: “The MPS voluntarily referred this incident to the IPCC on the evening of Monday, September 19 and they launched an independent investigation soon after.
“A PC has now been charged in connection with the incident and currently remains on restricted duties. A misconduct review will take place at the end of criminal proceedings."
PC Savage will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on April 20.