Met police put spit hood on 90-year-old woman and pointed Taser at her
Watchdog investigating incident at woman’s home in Peckham in which she was also handcuffed
@Emine_SinmazTue 30 May 2023 12.22 BST
A 90-year-old black woman was handcuffed and had a spit hood placed over her head and a Taser pointed at her by the Metropolitan police.
The woman was reportedly left with cuts and bruises to her wrists and one of her arms after being restrained at her home in Peckham, south-east London, on 9 May.
She was handcuffed behind her back, had a mesh spit hood placed over her head and a Taser trained on her before she was taken to hospital without being arrested.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating the incident. One officer has been suspended and barred from using a Taser, while five others have been placed on restricted duties so they have no contact with the public.
The Met said officers were called to an address in SE15 on 9 May after reports of a disturbance between a woman and her carer.
A spokesperson said: “The Met officers attended and identified a 90-year-old lady, who was distressed. After officers attempted to engage with her, she was restrained using handcuffs and a spit hood applied after it was alleged one officer was spat at. The woman was then taken to hospital. She was not arrested.
“During the course of the incident, an officer issued a red-dot challenge with their Taser but did not discharge it.”
The IOPC launched an investigation on 17 May after the Met’s directorate of professional standards referred the case to the watchdog. A family member of the woman has been allowed to watch footage of what happened from the officers’ body-worn video cameras.
DCS Seb Adjei-Addoh, who is in charge of policing in the borough of Southwark, said the incident raised a number of questions.
“There are limits to what I am able to say in relation to this incident given it is now subject to an IOPC investigation. However, it is clear that this will have been a distressing experience for the lady involved and that the circumstances raise a number of questions that need to be answered,” he said.
“While I do not wish to pre-judge this process, officers know that they must be able to justify any use of force or restraint and we will expect that of the officers involved in this incident. They also know that we expect them to show compassion and to adjust their approach in real time according to the circumstances they are faced with.”
An IOPC spokesperson confirmed it was investigating and added: “We have also received a public complaint concerning the level of force that was used and the injuries it is alleged the woman sustained, including cuts and bruising on both her wrists and one arm. We have been in touch with the woman’s family to explain our role.”
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This is my response to Nationwide Decision
Dear Jayne Finch
Thanks for your decision, but I think it would be remiss of me not to address the contradictions in your decision and how this decision was made. You and I did not discuss most of what you made the DECISION about. You said you would call me back, so I don’t understand the conclusion.
Why are you sorry for twisting my concerns and contradicting yourself and all involved in what I considered the defamation of my name and character as a valued customer of the Nationwide Building Society.
- I did not ask any such thing and this is where the levels of my work as a Basic School Teacher from Jamaica and EYFS coordinator, SENCO, and Multigenerational Working Approach Facilitator must be considered. The letter did not explain that I could not come to the branch to discuss the matter. For a person with mental and physical impairments
- I did not ask any such thing. Because when I raised the questions to the person who mysteriously appeared from break about what happened to our SAVINGS, she reassured my husband his accounts would not be affected. Nationwide did not address the warning threatening letter to me as if it is a “Joint Account”. The person I spoke to refused to answer my questions.
- You and I did not discuss the threats of closing the account
- Again you and I did not have any such conversation
- All this was in written correspondences
I will not be arguing with Nationwide Building Society except present the facts.
I am the person who asked the Person serving me to let me put the transaction through and I would bring the ID next day.
There was nothing about trying to bypass the system. Person I spoke to said she identified me as a “REGULAR CUSTOMER”.
The transaction went through until I was told there was no such account
She then read me some instructions about what happened if I go ahead with the transaction
Then she asked if I still want to go through with the transaction
I did not shout and yell at the cashier, I told her the person for the transaction live local, I will go and get her
I only spoken to the black man who was ridiculing me
How did the cashier get to the point of making the transaction when she said there was no such account?
Was the cashier upset because I refused to allow her to put the transaction into an account she said did not exist?
The person who I spoke to on Monday 15/5/2023 said she was the witness who filed the report
She said she was the person who identified me as a “REGULAR CUSTOMER”
Why was she not concerned about the behaviour of a REGULAR CUSTOMER knowing Mr. Arnold Tomlinson is 100 years old?
Return to Nationwide
When the person and I returned I was told to wait for another person to serve me
The question Nationwide need to answer is why was nothing said to me when I returned with the person for whom the transaction was to go to?
Nationwide continues to contradict the matter and making the situation blown out of all proportion with blacklisting and networking against me
Where in the letter is the warning?
When I spoke to the person, she claimed I should not be at Nationwide about the letter, but this was not made clear for me to understand.
Nationwide must provide evidence of my ACTIONS that cause Nationwide to threaten to close my account
I explained why I had to take out the JOINT ACCOUNT with my HUSBAND.
The THREATS to close my ACCOUNT is a deliberate act of breaching my RIGHTS under the Equality Act 2010 Protected Characteristics being the CARER for Mr. Arnold Ebenezer Tomlinson.
I went to Nationwide to seek advice and even asks the person to write it down so I did not make any mistakes
I recently taken out a SAVINGS account and this was done at Nationwide for me
Nationwide must explain what would happen to our JOINT SAVINGS
My MONEY has been STOLEN before, so please don’t BLAME me if the actions of Nationwide TRIGGER me
Any ALERT on my account would be based on FALSE ALLEGATIONS that Nationwide could have resolved amicably
If Nationwide chose to treat me like a TERRORIST from FALSE ALLEGATIONS, I hold those involved responsible
I am not interested in your explanation about the £100.00 because you refuse to continue the conversation when I had to answer my phone
I find it strange that when I came into the branch with my husband who was triggered the person refused to answer our concerns
I am sorry, your email is very confusing
I am carer who have mental and physical impairments for my 100 year old husband.
Mervelee Myers FD (Open)
Mental Health & SEND Advocate
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Our Reference: NBS7804091Myers
We’ve got a decision for you
Dear Mrs Myers
Thank you for speaking to me recently. I’m just writing to confirm some of the things we talked about and to send you our decision in writing.
I’m really sorry that you’ve raised the following things:-
- You’ve asked why your allowed to visit Brixton Branch shortly after getting a warning letter from us.
- You want to know what accounts both you and your husband hold with Nationwide.
- The threat of closing your account is clear evidence that Nationwide intends to steal your money.
- You’re not happy that your photo will be made public on your profile.
- You want a written apology and compensation for everything that Nationwide has done to you.
However, I’m afraid I can’t agree that we’ve done anything wrong.
How did we reach our decision?
To reach this decision, I’ve read all the statements following your visit to our Brixton Branch. You wanted to make a bill payment for £5,000 over the counter but the system required additional ID. As you didn’t have this on you at the time the cashier tried to bypass the system, but at that stage you started shouting and yelling at the cashier and also swearing at other customers. Despite the cashier managing to get to the point of making the payment you continued to swear and shout and then left the branch. This left the cashier and other members of staff and customers shocked and upset.
Therefore we were correct in giving you the warning but this didn’t mean you couldn’t continue to visit branch it just means that if you were to act like this again we would look to close your accounts with us.
You’ve asked what accounts you hold jointly with your husband, I can confirm that these are; Flexaccount ending 5981; 1.40% 2yr FRB (A) ending 5839; 1% 2yr FRB (A) ending 0613;
If any of your accounts were to be closed we would write to let you know and give you information on how to do a SWITCH OUT to another account or send you a cheque for the balances that remain in your accounts when we close them. As we follow the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority we wouldn’t be allowed to steal anyone’s money.
An alert on your account is something that’s written on your account to tell staff that a warning has been given to you. It’s not a photo of any kind so it doesn’t breach any laws, legislations, codes of conduct or malpractices.
I’m sorry but we won’t be in a position to offer you compensation nor a written apology. Neither are we responsible for how you’ve been treated in the past by Barclays Bank, Santander, the Police Force or any other criminal cases you’ve raised.
The £100 Nationwide Fairer Share payment is not compensation towards your complaint but as a result of profits made by Nationwide during the last financial year. As a building society, and not a bank, we can do things a little differently, like share profits with our members. We’ve given members £100 as part of our ongoing commitment to you all. Members need a current account plus either a savings account or mortgage account to qualify for this payment. As you and your husband have both, this is why you’ve received this payment if you don’t wish to receive it please let us know.
We’re here to help
I hope this email explains things clearly.
If you think I’ve missed anything, you have any questions or you’d like to talk about my decision, please email email@example.com or call me on 0161 605 3425 ext 1222. We’re here Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. You’ll just need your reference number, which is NBS7804091.
If you’re not happy with the decision we’ve made, you have the right to refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service, free of charge – but you must do so within six months of the date of this email.
If you do not refer your complaint in time, the Ombudsman will not have our permission to consider your complaint and so will only be able to do so in very limited circumstances. For example, if the Ombudsman believes that the delay was as a result of exceptional circumstances.
You’ll find all the information you need in this leaflet or at financial-ombudsman.org.uk
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