Police officer sacked after attacking black man and teen found dead by parents

A police officer jailed after being caught on camera attacking two black people – including a 15-year-old schoolboy – while on duty has been found dead.

Declan Jones was discovered at his parent's address in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire on Tuesday afternoon after concerns for his welfare were reported to police.

It's believed the 30-year-old had recently been released from prison after being jailed for assaulting a 15-year-old boy and a cyclist on two consecutive days during the first Covid-19 lockdown.

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: "On December 28, officers were called to an address in Bromsgrove following reports of concern for the welfare of a man in his 30s. Sadly, the man was pronounced dead at around 12.45pm.

"We don't believe there to be any third party involvement in the death and a report will be prepared for the coroner."

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A spokesman 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 thoughts are with all of those affected at this very difficult time.

"As such, it would be inappropriate to say anything further at this stage."

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Jones was sacked by West Midlands Police in September after being found guilty of assault.

The first incident saw Jones knee, punch and pepper-spray a 44-year-old cyclist in street in Aston, Birmingham on April 20, 2020. He then went on to kick and punch a boy he wrongly accused of possessing drugs the following day.

Jones was handed a six-month jail term and his actions prompted chief constable Sir David Thompson to apologise to both victims.

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Passing sentence at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, District Judge Shamim Qureshi said: "What we have here, in this case, is not simply an isolated incident.

"It was a difficult situation for the whole country, the first lockdown that this country has ever seen. The streets were pretty well deserted… there were not many people around to witness what was going on.

"I would be failing in my public duty to suspend your sentence."

Jones was due to go on trial next year accused of causing actual bodily harm during an incident involving a Taser.

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