Flying Squad officer dismissed over road rage incident

A police constable has been dismissed after spitting at a another driver during an altercation over a policing manoeuvre

Aug 24, 2017

A police constable has been dismissed after spitting at a another driver during an altercation over a policing manoeuvre PC David Gray, attached to the Metropolitan Police Service’s Flying Squad, was involved in an argument with a motorist on June 24 after he tried to pass a bus along St Margaret’s Road in Twickenham. He was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of criminal damage and assault on April 7 after allegedly spitting at a member of public. PC Gray was sentenced to pay a total of £2,520 in fines and costs. Attending a special case hearing on Thursday (August 24), his conduct was found to have amounted to a breach of standard of professional behaviour, in respect of discreditable conduct, respect and courtesy. He was dismissed without notice. Following the hearing, Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan said: “The nature of PC Gray`s criminal conviction is such that it undermines the confidence the public has a right to demand of its police service to be treated with authority, respect and courtesy which is critical to policing London effectively. “PC Gray`s conduct on the day was so discreditable that it has resulted in a criminal conviction. In addition the public at large has the right to demand the highest standards of its police service.”

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