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Four Met officers face disciplinary hearings over schoolgirl strip-search

Three officers face accusations of gross misconduct over search of Child Q at Hackney school in 2020

Scotland Yard has admitted overusing its power to strip-search children after four of its officers were told they would face disciplinary proceedings over allegations their search of a 15-year-old black schoolgirl, known as Child Q, was inappropriate and amounted to discrimination owing to her race and sex.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said three of the officers faced accusations of gross misconduct over the search, carried out at a school in Hackney in east London, in December 2020. A fourth officer faces lesser misconduct action over the absence of an appropriate adult.

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