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Taser PC Claire Boddie cleared of misconduct

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Media captionPC Claire Boddie's police bodycam filmed the Taser incident in Bristol

A police officer who Tasered a race relations adviser has been cleared of misconduct.

Acting Sgt Claire Boddie had been accused of using "unreasonable" force when she fired a Taser at Judah Adunbi, in January 2017.

The officer told an Avon and Somerset Police misconduct hearing the force she used against Mr Adunbi was lawful, claiming that he posed a threat.

PC Boddie was cleared of all misconduct charges brought by the force.

In May, PC Boddie was found not guilty of assault by beating following a trial in Salisbury.

'Entirely negative' comments

Mr Adunbi's lawyer, Tony Murphy, said his client had been "allowed limited involvement" in the proceedings, and he would "play a full and active part" in civil proceedings, which he will now pursue against the force.

He added that video footage of his client being "Tasered in the face without warning whilst walking his dog" had "shocked the world".

Avon and Somerset Police Federation spokesman, Allan Bell, said comments in the press about PC Boddie had been "entirely negative".

He said she had also "been subject to a campaign where posters have been up through Bristol examining her actions".

"Hopefully everyone will just let her get on and do her job now," he added.

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