PC Peter Johnston

British Transport Police

Location

BTP Force Headquarters

The hearing is to be held in public.

Officer(s)

Constable (PC) Peter Johnston of British Transport Police View officer

Standards of professional behavior that have allegedly been breached

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Equality and diversity
  • Use of force

Circumstances of Alleged Breaches

On 4th July 2020 PC Johnston used unreasonable force when detaining a young black male at Paddington Underground Station.
PC Johnston also treated the young black male in an impolite, intolerant and confrontational manner that was unjustified and inappropriate.
When challenged about this behaviour PC Johnston made untrue statements about previous knowledge of the young male, in an attempt to justify the inappropriate behaviour.
In the absence of any other explanation for this behaviour, it appears PC Johnston treated the young black male in a rough and confrontational manner because he was black and that his varying and untruthful accounts were given in an attempt to explain away his discriminatory behaviour.
When challenged about this behaviour PC Johnston told a TFL employee not to play the “race card” (or similar). This showed a lack of understanding of the seriousness of racism and was disrespectful to the TFL employee.
When PC Johnston was asked at the scene by a supervisor whether he had referred to the “race card” or “black card” he denied that he had, which was untrue
Incident Two

On 14th December 2020 PC Johnston used unreasonable force when detaining a drunk female at Paddington Railway Station, and used unnecessary and disrespectful language whilst doing so.
When continuing to deal with the female PC Johnston shouted at her and pushed her to the ground, in an unnecessary and disrespectful manner.
When another woman used her mobile phone to record PC Johnston’s behaviour, PC Johnston took the phone from her and aggressively shouted at her and told her to “go away”, refusing to hand back the phone. PC Johnston was disrespectful and confrontational towards the woman.

British Transport Police
  • Stats since 1st January 2022
  • 12 Misconduct Hearings
    92% held in public

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