Policeman is fired after beating a vulnerable girl, 17 years old, with a baton ‘at least 30 times after walking away from a group on a guided walk’
- PC Benjamin Kemp was fired after beating a vulnerable teenage girl with a stick
- The 17-year-old walked away from a group on a guided walk in Newham on May 8, 2019
- She flagged a police car before Officer Kemp tried to handcuff her
- He sprayed her in the face with CS spray before hitting her with a stick
A police officer has been fired after beating a vulnerable teenage girl with a baton “at least 30 times,” said the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Metropolitan Police officer Benjamin Kemp, stationed at North East Command, was fired without notice after a disciplinary hearing by the IOPC.
During the hearing, the panel heard a 17-year-old girl, with learning disabilities, walking away from a group on a guided walk in Newham after becoming upset on May 8, 2019.
She was near a main road and the police received a call from a concerned member of the public, and she also flagged a passing police car.
Metropolitan Police officer Benjamin Kemp, stationed at North East Command, was fired without notice after a disciplinary hearing by the IOPC (stock image)
After telling the officers she was a vulnerable child with mental health issues, she agreed to get in the police car but then got out.
The IOPC said PC Kemp tried to cuff her, but when this failed, he used CS spray less than a meter from her face.
“Within seconds, he started using his baton and then hit her several times,” it said.
When another police unit arrived, the girl was immediately picked up by an officer from that vehicle, then she was beaten several times by Pc Kemp, handcuffed and put in a police van.
In all, she’s been hit at least 30 times, the IOPC said.
An investigation followed after a complaint was filed by NHS employees and the mother of the East London teenager.
The watchdog noted that the girl was black, but there was no evidence that racial discrimination was involved in this case.
IOPC regional director Sal Naseem said the violence used by the police would be “shocking to most people.”
He added: ‘The disciplinary panel also found that Pc Kemp had behaved in a way that had no self-control and did not take into account the vulnerable status of the teenager, who seemed very scared.
“This officer’s poor communication got the incident off to a bad start, and once he started using the baton, he couldn’t change course.”
Chief Inspector Richard Tucker (pictured), who leads police for the Northeast, described Pc Kemp’s use of force as ‘completely inappropriate’
The IOPC said the six-month investigation found that the officer using the Taser “ had no case to answer for the use of force, ” but there was misconduct and received “ management action ” in August last year. .
It said the officer showed a disrespect for the girl and her caregiver, who later arrived on the scene.
Chief Inspector Richard Tucker, who heads the police for the Northeast, described Pc Kemp’s use of force as “completely inappropriate.”
He said: ‘He overreacted, used excessive force in a very disproportionate way and was unprofessional.
‘He has been called to account for that and rightly discharged from the service.
‘I can assure you that his actions are not representative of how we handle situations like this in Newham and across London.
On behalf of the Met, I apologize to the young woman and her family for how he behaved and to the wider communities of London for the impact this case is undoubtedly having on the confidence they have in the way we control London.
“They and the people of London rightly expect the highest standards from their officers and on that day Pc Kemp left everyone in the lurch.”