A former police officer jailed after being filmed assaulting members of the public has been found dead.
Declan Jones was reportedly discovered at an address in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on Tuesday. He is believed to have been recently released from prison, after being jailed for assaulting two people – including a 15-year-old boy – on several days in a row during England’s first coronavirus lockdown.
A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: ‘On December 28, police were called to an address in Bromsgrove following reports of concerns for the welfare of a man in his 30s. Unfortunately, the man was pronounced dead at around 12:45 p.m. We do not believe there was any third party involvement in the death and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
A spokesperson for the Independent Office for Police Conduct said: ‘We have been made aware of the death of a former West Midlands police officer and our hearts are with all affected at this very difficult time. As such, it would be inappropriate to say anything more at this point. “
Jones was fired from West Midlands Police in September after being convicted during a trial over the Birmingham incidents.
In the first incident, Jones knelt, punched and pepper sprayed a man in Aston on April 20, 2020 and then kicked and punched a boy he wrongly accused of drug possession in Newtown on the following day.
His actions resulted in a six-month prison sentence and prompted Police Chief Sir David Thompson to apologize to the two victims.
Sentencing in Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Shamim Qureshi said: âWhat we have here in this case is not just an isolated incident.
âIt was a difficult situation for the whole country, the first foreclosure this country has ever seen. The streets were pretty desertedâ¦ there weren’t many people to witness what was going on. I would be failing in my public duty to suspend your sentence.
Jones was due to stand trial next year on charges of causing bodily harm in an incident involving a stun gun.
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