An exemplary police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing three years after an incident which put his life on hold for three years.
He was subjected to a witch hunt while his job and career were held in limbo, there was no evidence against the police officer, no criminal charges and no upheld investigation.
Despite the officer being exemplary he was forced before a misconduct panel and face the prospect of not being able to do the job he loved.
The officer had simply done his bit and gone the extra mile while off duty in doing so he faced three years of hell that could have cost him his job and his house, because of a drunk.
Police Inspector Matthew Mozley was walking his dog came across a man named Anthony Cook laying on the ground behind a medical centre.
A number of words between the pair were exchanged before, the man became very aggressive and Mozley who was at the time a police sergeant with the firearms unit decided he would detain the man.
With the help of a retired police officer both of them detained the man and laid him face down on the ground and awaited local units to arrive.
Mr Cook was arrested and he was found to have suffered a broken collarbone, torn thumb ligament and bruising to his face.
The Police Officer then faced investigation by the forces professional standards department and the crown prosecution service.
Both decided no criminal actions had taken place and both charges and the investigation was dropped.
For the police officer that was not the end of the road as the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) decided that the officer should be pursued for police misconduct.
They forced him to face a misconduct panel accused of using excessive, unnecessary and unreasonable force.
When the misconduct panel reached Derbyshire Police Headquarters in Ripley the case was thrown out by the panel chair Jane Jones because there was no evidence to support the case and there was only a basic assumption that the officer had caused the injuries.
Jones said that the officer has been “completely vindicated” and that he was a first-class officer that embodies the best of Derbyshire Police both on and off duty.
His Fed rep said this was a “witch hunt” that could have cost the officer his job for doing his civic duty
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