PC Declan Jones, 30, who was sacked for attacking a black teenager and beating an innocent black cyclist was found dead at his parent’s home yesterday
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A police officer who was sacked and jailed for attacking a 15-year-old black boy and a black cyclist whilst on duty, has been found dead at his parents’ home.
PC Declan Jones was found dead yesterday afternoon by his mother and father at their home in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
Ambulance services attended the scene and found Jones in cardiac arrest but were unable to save him.
The 30-year-old had been sacked in August from West Midlands Police after he was found guilty of assault by a district judge.
CCTV footage showed the officer pulling a 44-year-old black man off his bike and to the floor in Birmingham.
He then punched and kicked him before pushing his face into the bonnet of the patrol in April 2020.
Less than 24 hours later, Jones was caught again on camera in Newton, Birmingham, this time kicking and punching a black teenager after he had wrongly accused the child of possessing drugs.
Officers from West Mercia Police attended the address where Jones was found dead, where he spent Christmas with his parents.
A force spokesman said: “On 28 December, officers were called to an address in Bromsgrove following reports of concern for the welfare of 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.”
Jones stood trial earlier this year at Coventry Magistrates Court where footage showed him grabbing innocent cyclist Michael Rose, 44, off his bike in the middle of a street in Aston, Birmingham.
He thought Mr Rose had stolen his phone, and while a female officer held him down, Jones pinched him three times in the back.
The worrying footage showed that Jones only stopped the attack when a silver Ford Focus drove past the scene.
Jones appeared to punch the man once more before knee him as his colleague put the handcuffs on.
Several passers-by appealed to Jones to stop.
Then, the very next day, he was caught on camera again kicking a teenage boy whilst they were on the ground.
Jones claimed he had used reasonable force in self-defence but was found guilty of using unlawful force after a five-day trial.
District Judge Shamim Qureshi said: “None of the complainants went immediately to the police to allege assault. They only did so after being advised in the community.”
The judge said the two complainants were of good character, and rejected Jones’ claim they were only seeking compensation.
The officer’s use of force in both incidents was found to be “unlawful”.
After he was found guilty, West Midlands Police Chief Constable, Sir David Thompson, dismissed him without notice at an accelerated misconduct hearing.
Sir David apologised to his victims and said he saw no other sanction other than dismissing Jones without notice.
He added that the case also involved a “national concern” in the use of force by the police on black people in England.
He added: “Getting this right and ensuring our black communities know this is an imperative for me and every right-thinking person on this force.
“It requires each of us to strive to be better… so we can remove the stain that this police officer’s actions has placed on our force.”
The assaults were investigated by the Independence Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) but the board did not find Jones guilty of gross misconduct over the discrimination allegations made by the victims.
Jones was released from prison in December.
He was facing trial in November next year for another alleged assault.
He was accused of committing actual bodily harm against Trevaile Wyse in an incident involving a Taser last year.
The former officer was charged after an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Jones denied the charge.