November 2, 2010 17:35

Firearms officer accused of slipping song titles into evidence at Mark Saunders inquest

Metropolitan officer allegedly planted titles in his evidence

Firearms officer accused of slipping song titles into evidence at Mark Saunders inquest
A Metropolitan Police firearms officer has been removed from duty for allegedly slipping song titles into his evidence at the inquest into the death of soliciter Mark Saunders.

The unnamed officer may have fired the shot that killed Saunders in an armed stand-off in 2008 in London.

He is accused of working song titles, including Donna Summer's 'Enough Is Enough', Buzzcocks' 'Point Of No Return', Journey's 'Line Of Fire', Chris de Burgh's 'Quiet Moments', As Tall As Lions' 'Kicking Myself' and the Membranes' 'Fuck my Old Boots', into his evidence.

The officer is now under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, reports The Guardian.

Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson is said to be angry about the "insensitivity and lack of judgment" shown by the officer, according to sources within the force.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We have now been informed by the IPCC that they will manage an investigation by the Metropolitan Police Directorate Of Professional Standards."

A transcript of the inquest showed that the officer said phrases including: "I switched the light on, he turned towards me and I thought, 'Fuck my old boots, I've got a gun trained on me'."

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