Brawling cop captured on CCTV at railway station McDonalds


West Yorkshire Police has issued a statement confirming that a Gross Misconduct Hearing is to be held on 9th and 10th May 2023, commencing on day one at 10:00hrs, at West Yorkshire Police Headquarters, Laburnum Road, Wakefield concerning Police Constable 4788 Manjit Chahal.

It is alleged that:

1. On 18th July 2021, whilst off duty, PC Chahal was involved in an incident that resulted in police attendance.

2. CCTV shows him in a physical altercation with another male inside McDonalds at Leeds City railway station. During the altercation he punched the other male and he was subsequently removed from McDonalds by security staff.

3. A further physical altercation took place on the railway concourse involving PC Chahal, his friend and the other male. PC Chahal continued to fight with the male and punched the male on numerous occasions during the incident.

4. When British Transport Police attended, PC Chahal was uncooperative and challenging and refused to provide his details which resulted in him being arrested.

5. PC Chahal was argumentative and abusive and accused the officers of being racist.

In behaving in such a way, it is alleged that PC Chahal has acted in breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour relating to Discreditable Conduct and Authority, Respect and Courtesy.

Police officers have a right of appeal to a Police Appeals Tribunals against findings made under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020 or the Police (Performance) Regulations 2020. The Police and Crime Commissioner is the ‘local policing body’ responsible for administering PATs and in West Yorkshire, the Police and Crime Commissioner responsibilities are undertaken by the West Yorkshire Mayor, supported by staff from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Policing and Crime Team. Further information about the process, including how to apply to observe a PAT, are available on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s website here.

There is no public record of PC Chahal being charged or prosecuted over the alleged incident following his arrest. Nor has any explanation been provided as to the delay of almost two years in bringing the matter to a final disciplinary hearing.

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Page last updated: Sunday 7th May, 2023 at 2045 hours

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