Tuesday 22 August 2017

Met fail to trace YouTube 'shooter'

An image taken from a Youtube video of a man wearing a police riot helmet encouraging friends to shoot him with a toy gun
An image taken from a Youtube video of a man wearing a police riot helmet encouraging friends to shoot him with a toy gun
The video shows the man dressed in police riot dear, willing his friends to shoot him with a toy gun

A Scotland Yard probe into a hit YouTube video of an officer encouraging friends to shoot him with a toy gun has failed to identify the culprit.

Anti-corruption officers launched an inquiry after amateur footage of bizarre roof-top high jinks with a ball-bearing gun became a global web hit last October.

The video showed a man wearing protective overalls and a riot helmet allowing two other men to shoot him repeatedly.

A fusillade of pellets left the man's helmet badly chipped but he was uninjured. The video also showed the two "gunmen" collapse in hysterics.

Senior officers failed to see the funny side however and referred the video to the force's directorate of professional standards.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said investigators have been unable to identify the man involved or confirm he is a Met officer.

She said: "The Met take the misconduct of any staff employed seriously and will investigate matters accordingly.

"As part of this investigation officers worked with our technical experts to enhance the footage. It has not been possible to identify that any Met officers appear in the footage and no further action is being taken.

"The footage appears to show someone wearing a uniform used for public order policing by officers in a range of Met units. Approximately 5,000 officers have access to this type of uniform."

All the footage has since been deleted from the site and a username used to post it, jimmydizzle87, no longer exists.

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