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A Police Officer Has Been Charged Over A Filmed Stop And Search That Went Viral

Joshua Savage of the Metropolitan police has been charged with four offences, including common assault and possession of a bladed article.

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A Metropolitan police officer has been charged in connection with footage that went viral last year appearing to show a driver's windscreen being smashed.

PC Joshua Savage has been charged with common assault, possession of a bladed article, criminal damage, and threatening behaviour.

He was charged following an investigation by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), into a video filmed last September.

In the widely shared footage, filmed from inside a car, a police officer smashes a car windscreen during a stop and search while his colleague looks on, before cutting into it with a bladed implement.

The incident, which took place on Vicars Road, Camden, was referred to the IPCC after a complaint about police conduct by a member of the public.

Savage is due before magistrates in Westminster on 20 April. The Met told BuzzFeed News he remained on restricted duties and that a separate misconduct review would take place when criminal proceedings had concluded.

Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.

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