A POLICE officer’s misconduct hearing was thrown out after new information emerged at the eleventh hour.
PC Mohammed Aref was due to face a four-day misconduct hearing starting on January 11 this year in relation to an incident which happened two years ago.
PC Aref had attended at Jamia Masjid Mosque, Tooker Road, Rotherham, while on police duty in his role as a specialist community engagement officer on September 6, 2019.
It was alleged the officer’s conduct breached the standards of professional behaviour in that he applied force to a member of the public, which was not necessary, proportionate and reasonable in the circumstances.
Explaining why PC Aref’s misconduct hearing was thrown out, a spokeswoman for South Yorkshire Police said: “On January 9, 2021, information was brought to the attention of the appropriate authority, information that significantly weakened the case against the officer.
“This information was so significant it required an immediate assessment where the decision was made that there was no case to answer.
“Because it was determined there was no case to answer, it then followed that there was no requirement for a hearing so it did not commence as planned on January 11, 2021.”