U.K. police face ‘plebgate’ probe

AFP-JIJI

Britain’s police watchdog said Sunday it will carry out a fresh investigation into three officers whose actions helped spark the resignation of former minister Andrew Mitchell amid what he said was a smear campaign.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it had found “procedural irregularities” in an internal police inquiry into an incident in which Mitchell was accused of calling police “f—-ing plebs.” The Conservative international development minister admitted swearing during an altercation as he tried to push his bicycle through the gates of Downing Street. But he strongly denied using the politically toxic word “plebs” — a derogatory term used to describe commoners.

He quit Prime Minister David Cameron’s government in October 2012 after the row.

Two members of the Police Federation, which represents officers, are to be hauled before lawmakers Tuesday after being accused of giving “misleading” answers in a previous session.

Meanwhile, a new probe by the IPCC will take place, involving no one who took part in the previous probe, which cleared officers involved in the affair of misconduct.