Thursday, April 14, 2011

Put the kettle on..

Kettling of G20 protesters by police was illegal, high court rules
Aggressive tactics used by Met against Climate Camp activists in 2009 were unlawful, says judgment

Police kettled the climate camp in Bishopsgate, London, during the G20 ptotests in 2009.The high court has ruled that the Metropolitan police broke the law in the way they "kettled" protesters at the G20 demonstrations in 2009.
In a landmark judgment on Thursday, high court judges found for protesters who had claimed police treated them unfairly. It also criticised the use of force by officers.In the case, the court heard that officers used punches to the face, slaps and shields against demonstrators who police chiefs accept had nothing to do with violence. The judgment does not strike down the police tactic of kettling or mass detention, but it will be seen as a rebuff to the Met.

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