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Police continue to evade responsibility for G20 violence

Issue No. 2160

The report into the policing of the G20 protests was released last week. The 106 page Adapting to Protest document was produced by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

The method of using the police to investigate the police has once again proven flawed.

The report shows that the use of some techniques, including striking demonstrators with short shields, have had no medical review. Some recommendations are made in reference to the European Convention of Human Rights.

But nothing concrete has been produced to regulate the police. Dozens of protesters were injured on 1 April at protests in the City of London, culminating in the tragic death of newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson, which is barely mentioned in the report.

The report is illustrated with pictures of broken windows and masked-up demonstrators. It hides the reality of the violence of the police on that day.

It fails to understand that ordinary people will never trust the police with their safety.


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Tue 14 Jul 2009, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2160
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