IPCC uphold Gross Misconduct complaint of Police Sergeant who injured man

IPCC uphold Gross Misconduct complaint of Police Sergeant who assaulted man in August 2012

The IPCC found that Police Sergeant Cooper used inappropriate force on a man in Watford Town.


Two Police Officers, one a Sergeant has allegedly been formally disciplined for misconduct using unlawful force and to trespass on personal property to delete incriminating evidence.


Wayne Usher who had videoed an officer using inappropriate force on a vulnerable young woman, decided to record the incident on his mobile phone as a good citizen.


The officers unlawfully took possession of Mr Usher's mobile phone by force which left him injured. They then proceeded to delete the video recording taken by the citizen. This was illegal on many levels, it is a crime to destroy evidence of a crime, irrespective of whether the crime is committed by civilians or by the police.


Just after midnight Saturday night / Sunday morning 26th August 2012. “I spotted the street angels, which my cousin is a member and another I knew from the church were present. They where trying to deal with an intoxicated female who became a concern to them. I saw my cousin thrust her backwards against a wall. Because of this physical behaviour got my attention in the goings on.”


A few minutes later the Police arrived in there vehicle(s) to help, two officers came over to the girl and the street angels. “I noticed one member of the street angles had backed away from the situation. I was standing next to the entrance gate of the Horns Pub garden”.


“I noticed her arm being twisted by the police Sergeant which looked painful because the female crippled down to the floor. I believed this could be heavy handedness by the police officer and thus decided to video the event in case things got worse”. The story continues with the Sergeant assaulting the bystander who then suffered injuries. Upon being checked up at the hospital, was referred to a specialist who diagnosed whiplash injury from the force of being pushed over a gate by the officer.


The officer also took his phone by extreme force in order to delete the video evidence from the mobile phone.



Note: In 2010 ACPO correspondence letter was published requesting police not to prevent anyone from taking photographs or video in public places.


Yet in 2012 Police Sergeant Cooper 939 did exactly the opposite and even forced the phone from out of the mans hands and then proceeded to deleted the video footage.
And Watford Pub Owner Pamela Rice helped him get away with it.


She even told the victim “the police were within their rights” and also denied him rights of access to the pubs CCTV footage.


But it appears she knew the truth and was only concerned with this not being reported as every incident affects her Horns pub license.


The injured man was in despair that his Rights have been violated after an unlawful stop and search action being assaulted by police causing whiplash and other injuries. Regularly withdrawn into depression and feeling suicidal.


The IPCC upheld complaint after an appeal, 2 of the 3 complaints against Police Sergeant Cooper 939.


1. Deleting a video from a device belonging to someone else without court order – upheld

This is also known as Trespass of goods.



2. Inappropriate Force used to obtain the mobile phone, since he had no lawful right. – upheld


Mr Usher also says that he told the Horns Public House weeks in advance but they did not secure a copy of the CCTV evidence, but let it get overwritten a couple of days after police had visited and spoken with management. "I feel even more of a cover up and destroying further evidence!! The pubs owner did not want the pub to have this incident reported for happening near the pub as it would affect its rating, and the pubs owner showed no empathy or care about the victim who was also their customer.


Yet they are quiet happy to dish out the law and use security to protect themselves, but did not look after clients and then get nasty when its the other way around. More worried about having their pub labeled with an incident. An injustice and human rights violation.



The pub owner Pamela Rice breached Data protection by not following proper procedure to allow a member of the public who was in the footage to rightfully be allowed access pending a FEE.


The police apparently reviewed CCTV 4 weeks later and asked for a copy. Yet when the owners got around to, it had been overwritten.


The hospital doctors diagnosed Mr Usher with whiplash who was in pain and considerable discomfort which he suffered for several weeks.

Due to the situation he decided to recorded his telephone conversations and interviews which are in the video below.


In one interview with an Inspector, disgraceful attempts to dissuade the victim from going any further with the report. It has left him more depressed and less trust in the police. ”I am going down a dark slope :(”


ipcc police complaint upheld

Mr Usher has yet to receive any Criminal injuries compensation for what he has suffered.

An officer can only delete photos or video with a court order.

The officer acted unlawfully and caused harm. Assault and battery.


A Police Sergeant would of known this, and believe he over stepped his powers.



This video does include the covert recording of the Inspector, who tried to dissuade the victim from bringing charges.


“Following a disagreement on facebook with Pam Rice, Mr Usher's car had damage caused to it (over £2000 in damage by malicious attacks) twice in one week”. This put him into a state of anxiety as there was no proof of who did the criminal damage to his car.


(Sergeant Cooper has since (2017) been involved in false allegations against Mr Usher.)


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