United Kingdom

UK policeman charged with sharing doctored image of George Floyd's US arrest in work WhatsApp group

A police officer is to appear in court charged with sending an allegedly grossly offensive image of George Floyd's arrest, the police watchdog has said.

Sergeant Geraint Jones, 47, of Devon and Cornwall Police, is charged with sending the image by means of a public electronic communications network, contrary to the Communications Act 2003, on May 30 last year.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the charge followed an incident in which an altered image of George Floyd's arrest in the US was shared within a WhatsApp group that included a number of other police officers and staff.

Sergeant Geraint Jones, 47, of Devon and Cornwall Police (pictured), is accused of sending 'grossly offensive' image of George Floyd's arrest in US days after his death sparked protests

Sergeant Geraint Jones allegedly shared the altered image of George Floyd's arrest with colleagues in WhatsApp group (R). Pictured: George Floyd's arrest by Minneapolis officer (L) 

Mr Floyd died after a white police officer held him down by pressing his knee into his neck for almost nine minutes on May 25.

An IOPC spokesman said: 'Our investigation began in June 2020 following a referral from the force.

'At its conclusion in October we sent our investigation report to the Crown Prosecution Service which has authorised the charge.'

The officer is due to appear before Newton Abbot Magistrates' Court on January 28, the IOPC said.

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