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Over 5,000 complain about TSG riot squad

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2177

Shocking figures have been released showing the number of complaints made against the Met police’s riot squad.

The Territorial Support Group (TSG) has had over 5,000 complaints made against it over four years—but only nine have been “substantiated” following investigations.

Many officers have a number of complaints against them running into double figures. The largest proportion of the complaints, 2,280, were for “oppressive behaviour”.

The TSG is the unit implicated in the death of Ian Tomlinson, the newspaper seller who died during the London G20 demonstrations in April.

It was set up to replace the Special Patrol Group, which became synonymous with violence after the killing of Blair Peach in 1979.

TSG sergeant Delroy Smellie will be charged with assault of Nicola Fisher, a G20 demonstrator.

He will appear at Westminster magistrates court on Monday of next week. He faces up to six months in prison if found guilty.

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Tue 10 Nov 2009, 18:52 GMT
Issue No. 2177
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