BBC documentary ‘The Met: Policing London’
We are distressed by the reference to Henry’s death in the recent BBC documentary ‘The Met: Policing London’ (BBC 1, 31 May 2017). By including footage of our family and the Justice for Henry campaign within a story focusing on moped and mobile phone theft in North London, an inference could be made that Henry was involved in such activity. We would like to make make clear that Henry had no criminal convictions and was not involved in any criminal activity.
We consider it insensitive and cruel for a Met Police Officer to have stated to camera that our family were trying to protect criminals and likewise for the BBC to have included this in their documentary. This statement is untrue and we have only ever campaigned for justice for what happened to Henry. In June last year, an inquest jury concluded that the police had been in pursuit of Henry when he crashed on his moped and died on 19 December 2014, despite the police having maintained in their evidence that they were not in pursuit. Further, the jury concluded that Henry’s attempt to avoid the police contributed to his death. The IPCC concluded their investigation into Henry’s death, finding that four of the police officers had a case to answer for gross misconduct. We are still waiting for the police disciplinary hearings regarding this.