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Faruk Ali attack allegation: Two police officers facing charges

Faruk Ali
Image caption Faruk Ali's family say he was watching binmen when he was attacked in February

Two Bedfordshire Police officers are to appear in court in connection with an alleged assault of a man in Luton.

Christopher Thomas, 33, of Welwyn Garden City, will face a charge of racially aggravated assault against Faruk Ali, 33, who is autistic.

Christopher Pitts, 39, of Bedford, and Mr Thomas both face charges of perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

They are due to appear at Aylesbury Magistrates' Court on 1 September.

Leicestershire Police carried out the investigation for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

John Locke, senior crown prosecutor from the CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit said: "It is alleged that Mr Faruk Ali... was assaulted on 20 February 2014 by PC Thomas and that this assault was racially aggravated.

"It is also alleged that PC Thomas and PC Pitts have perverted the course of public justice and committed misconduct in public office.

"I carefully reviewed all the evidence provided to me by Leicestershire Police and was satisfied in accordance with the code for Crown Prosecutors that there was sufficient evidence and that it was in the public interest to charge these two officers with these offences."

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