Police officer charged over Camden ‘car attack’ viral video
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PC Joshua Savage faces four offences over a filmed incident involving the stop and search on the driver of a Ford Fiesta last September which was widely shared online.
The dramatic footage, which was shared on social media and across the mainstream press, shows a stop and search of the driver of a Ford Fiesta by two police officers on Vicars Road on September 16 2016.
When the driver, 25-year-old Liam Fontana, refused to leave the vehicle, one officer can be heard shouting: “Get out the car, get out, you’re not allowed to drive it.”
He is then seen repeatedly striking the vehicle’s windows before sawing at it with a blade.
The Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) decision to level the charges against PC Savage follows an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
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That investigation, which was completed last month, was sparked by a complaint from the vehicle’s driver into the conduct of the officers.
The IPCC decided on Tuesday, March 14, to authorise charges against PC Savage of common assault, possession of a bladed article, criminal damage and threatening behaviour.
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