Two officers cleared of misconduct over death of man in police van

Adrian McDonald
Adrian McDonald

source: Stoke Sentinel
published: 18 April 2018

Two officers found guilty of misconduct after a man died in the back a police van have been cleared on appeal.

Inspector Richard Bills and Sergeant Jason Bromley were handed 12-month written warnings for ‘showing a lack of diligence’ in failing to send Adrian McDonald for a medical assessment.

But they launched an appeal against the ruling and an independent tribunal hearing held today found they acted with ‘total professionalism’.

The decision comes more than three years after Adrian, from Stoke-on-Trent, suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

Tribunal chairman Sam Stein QC said: “There is no outcome of this process that could ever satisfy the members of Mr McDonald’s family who have so patiently, and with such dignity, attended these hearings. We can only repeat that we are very sorry for your loss.”

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