Tribunal upholds appeal by Staffordshire Police officers against misconduct finding following arrest death

An independent tribunal has upheld the appeal of two officers from Staffordshire Police, who were previously found guilty of misconduct following the death of a man they arrested.

34-year-old Adrian McDonald died after being tasered and arrested at a flat in Newcastle in December 2014.

Inspector Richard Bills (now retired) and Sergeant Jason Bromley were appealing against a finding of misconduct, following a hearing, last September.

The tribunal, appointed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and consisting of Sam Stein QC, Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly and retired police inspector Steve Douglass, reached the decision following a hearing at Tillington Hall Hotel in Stafford.

Chair Sam Stein QC said: "There is no outcome of this process that could ever satisfy the members of Mr McDonald’s family who have so patiently, and with such dignity, attended these hearings. We can only repeat that we are very sorry for your loss."

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