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G20 protestors awarded compensation

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The G20 protests which took place in London in April 2009 were already notorious due to the death of Ian Tomlinson, a newspaper vendor who died shortly after he was filmed being pushed violently to the ground by PC Simon Harwood.

Although Mr Harwood was eventually found not guilty of the unlawful killing of Mr Tomlinson he was sacked from the force for gross misconduct and the Metropolitan Police ended up apologising to Mr Tomlinson’s family as well as paying them an undisclosed amount of compensation.

Now another case has resulted in compensation having to be paid, thus heaping more embarrassment on the police in London.

The case revolves around 11 protestors who dubbed themselves ‘Space Hijackers’, and who protested outside the London offices of the Royal Bank of Scotland. Their protest took the form of arriving outside the offices in an armoured vehicle and being dressed in boiler suits and police helmets.

The protestors were arrested by the Metropolitan Police on the day itself and charged with impersonating police officers. After four separate court appearances, however, the Crown prosecution Service has announced that it is dropping the case and, as a consequence, the 11 protestors are to be awarded £100,000 in compensation between them.

Speaking after the decision had been made, the solicitor for the protestors, Raj Chada, issued the following statement: “This was always a ¬≠ridiculous case. The CPS’s time and effort could have been better spent looking at bringing prosecutions for potential police ¬≠misconduct.”

Although the arrests were actually made by officers working for the metropolitan force, the actual cost of the pay-out will be met by the City of London police, who were officially in charge on the day.

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