A serving police officer has been found guilty of assault after an altercation outside a nightclub.

PC Deniz Ali, attached to a policing unit in Haringey and Enfield, was off-duty in Shoreditch when he assaulted a man.

In the early hours of October 23, 2022, PC Ali approached two men who he believed were offering illegal cabs and taking videos of women outside a nightclub.

He produced his warrant card and showed it to one of the men, who he shook forcefully.

As the man attempted to walk away, PC Ali grabbed his jacket and pulled him back, dragging him to the floor.

When interviewed, PC Ali said he believed the man was carrying a weapon.

But he was subsequently convicted of assault at Stratford Magistrates’ Court yesterday (July 27).

Detective Chief Superintendent Caroline Haines, commander of PC Ali’s unit, said: “Our officers should have no doubt as to what is expected of them and it clear these actions do not align with the high standards we set.

“The powers given to us as officers must be used fairly and correctly and when this does not happen, officers should expect to be held to account.”

PC Ali remains suspended from duty and misconduct proceedings will take place in due course.

He has been bailed to attend Thames Magistrates’ Court for sentencing on August 30.