Police officer charged with causing death by careless driving
Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to charge Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Francis, 33, with causing death by careless driving. The charge relates to the death of Andrew Brown after he was hit by a police car on Whitton Road, Hounslow, in November 2019.
“The CPS Special Crime Division authorised the charge following a review of a file of evidence received from the IOPC.
“The defendant’s first court appearance will take place on 7 December 2021 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
Notes to editors
- Daniel Francis (DOB: 23 May 1988) is from Surrey
- The function of the CPS is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a criminal court to consider
- The CPS assessment of any case is not in any sense a finding of, or implication of, any guilt or criminal conduct. It is not a finding of fact, which can only be made by a court, but rather an assessment of what it might be possible to prove to a court, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.