A British Transport Police (BTP) officer who harassed an Asian woman in London last year got to keep his job following a misconduct investigation.
Inappropriate behavior: The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which conducted the investigation, said Imran Aftab had inappropriately used his status as a police officer to harass a female jogger and make “sexually inappropriate comments” while he was off-duty back in April 2020, reported The Mirror.
- 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.
Probe results: Once the hearing concluded on May 19, the IOPC found Aftab guilty of gross misconduct, reported MyLondon. He was given a final warning for his alleged offenses, which means he can remain in the force.
- “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.”
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