|Solicitor David Greenwood said two clients asked him to complain|
to South Yorkshire Police about PC Hassan Ali
David Greenwood, of Switalskis Solicitors, said two clients asked him to complain to South Yorkshire Police about PC Hassan Ali.
PC Ali died (yesterday), nine days after being hit by a car in Sheffield on 28 January.
Mr Greenwood said the complaints were about PC Ali's "unwillingness to pursue complaints of exploitation".
A report published by Professor Alexis Jay in August said about 1,400 children were abused by gangs of men, mainly of Pakistani origin, from 1997 to 2013 in Rotherham.
In September, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was investigating 10 South Yorkshire Police officers referred to the watchdog by the force over the handling of child sexual exploitation in the town.
It said it would not comment on the investigation relating to Mr Ali.
'Need to know'
Mr Greenwood, a child abuse solicitor at the Wakefield law firm, said allegations or complaints regarding PC Ali must be investigated and "got to the bottom of", regardless of his death.
"These are allegations of inappropriate activity by a police officer who is tasked and has a duty to investigate crimes," he said.
"If this has in the past caused girls to be exploited then we need to know about it." We also need to know what stage the investigation is at. Should Ali have been suspended? Were these complaints really taken seriously, or were they dealt with like the hundreds of other complaints of CSA over the last 16 years?
In other words, has anything actually changed in Rotherham? Not according to one survivor who saw a man who had trafficked her still driving around with young, white girls in his car.
He added: "The story of PC Ali is only one part of the whole story of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
"It's important that this element of the story is investigated properly so we can fit all the pieces together and understand what was happening and what allowed the exploitation to happen over such a long period."
The 44-year-old police officer was a neighbourhood officer based in Rotherham who had 18 years' service with the force. He was not on duty at the time of the crash.
|Rotherham Police Constable Hassan Ali|
David Crompton, Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, said Mr Ali was a "well-liked officer" and colleagues had been left "devastated" by his death.
Hassan Ali, 44, was on foot when he was struck by a blue Vauxhall Corsa in Darnall on 28 January