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- Aftab reportedly told the victim she was “too curvy to be Asian,” showed her his warrant card and asked for her phone number.
- He also tried to hug her, which the probe found to be a breach of coronavirus restrictions.
- The woman, who eventually complained about receiving racist and sexualized comments, sent the message, “help me,” to a friend.
- After she gave her number to Aftab, with plans to block him later on, he sent her six text messages.
- “The evidence we gathered, including CCTV footage, found PC Aftab engaged with the woman without a ‘reasonable excuse’ and that he used his police identification for a non-policing purpose,” the IOPC said in a statement.
- According to the IOPC, the BTP agreed that the officer “breached professional standards of behavior for honesty and integrity; authority, respect, and courtesy; equality and diversity; and discreditable conduct.”
- “Police officers abusing their position for sexual purposes erodes the trust and confidence of the public,” said IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem. “It has no place in policing.”