IPCC to reinvestigate Greater Manchester Police following the death of Jordon Begley


The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is to reinvestigate the actions of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) after the original investigation following the death of Jordon Begley was quashed.

Eleven Greater Manchester Police officers were despatched to Mr Begley’s home after his mother called 999 reporting he had a knife during a row with neighbours.

He was shot with the 50,000 volt Taser gun from a distance of 28in (70cm) and was hit with “distraction strikes” while being restrained and handcuffed by three armed officers, a 2015 inquest was told.

The IPCC examined the use of force by GMP officers and the discharge of a taser shortly before the 23-year-old’s death in July 2013, finding no case to answer for misconduct for any individual officer.

At the coroner’s inquest into Mr Begley’s death concerns were raised about the conduct of the officers involved that were not consistent with the IPCC’s findings.

As a result the IPCC successfully applied for a judicial review of its final report, with the aim of it being quashed and a reinvestigation take place. The case was heard on 16 November 2016. The organisation has been informed by the High Court that it has been quashed and that the IPCC should reinvestigate.

IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts said: “The IPCC welcomes the decision. Quashing the report, and the findings, is the most appropriate course of action for all involved, which is why we sought the judicial review.

“We will now take the opportunity to carefully consider the judges’ comments in making their determinations, and apply these to a new investigation into the circumstances of Jordon Begley’s death, and the actions of Greater Manchester Police on that day – this will involve a new investigative team who had no previous involvement with the original investigation.”