Henry Hicks: Verdict due in police misconduct case
20 October, 2017 — By Emily Finch
FOUR police officers will today (Friday) hear the verdict of a misconduct case, three years after a much-loved teenager they were tailing died after crashing his moped.
Henry Hicks, 18, died after a collision with a taxi in Wheelwright Street, in which he flipped over and hit his head. A coroner’s inquest determined that he knew that he was been pursued by police.
His family will learn at around lunchtime if the four officers had broken police policy on pursuits – something they have long-believed and fought to prove.
Police wishing to pursue a vehicle must radio central command and seek permission unless there are exceptional circumstances, according to Met guidelines. The four police officers previously stationed at Islington Police Station say they never got close enough to flag Henry down. But shortly after his death officers gave statements saying they did in fact signal Henry to stop and were just feet away from his moped at points.
During the inquest last year, it emerged that Henry was subjected to stop-and-search a total of 89 times between the ages of 14 and 17 – he was never once charged for a crime.