Former officer who used racially derogatory language guilty of misconduct
A misconduct panel has found former Police Constable Rhys Hussain guilty of racially abusive, threatening and discourteous behaviour during a drunken incident while off-duty.
Mr Hussain resigned from the force when the allegations against him emerged, but he did attend the misconduct hearing.
The panel found that he would have been dismissed had he still been serving with the police service.
Mr Hussain was found to have been excessively drunk and discourteous and disrespectful to staff at the luxury Celtic Manor resort in Newport. The hearing heard that he used foul language and refused to leave the premises, which led to the police being called.
It concluded that he had repeatedly used a racially derogatory term to a taxi driver, stuck his middle finger up at him, and refused to pay the fare. He acted in an aggressive and threatening manner to a group of men, including poking one in the back and pulling him by his shirt collar, and threatening to “do” him.
Mr Hussain faced allegations that his conduct amounted to a Breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour in relation to Authority, Respect & Courtesy, Equality & Diversity and Discreditable Conduct.
The independent misconduct hearing concluded that the allegations against the former officer were proven “on the balance of probabilities”.
Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Warrender, head of the force’s professional standards department, said: “Police officers are required to act in line with the standards of professional behaviour, whether on or off duty.
“PC Hussain’s behaviour on the evening fell far below those standards.”