Greens protest formally over G20 police tactics

3 April 2009

"The protesters' stories of police brutality and the police's story of complete professionalism just don't stack up," says Jenny Jones

Green Party member of the Metropolitan Police Authority Jenny Jones has written a formal letter to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to express her concerns about the treatment of the G20 protesters by the police.

Jenny Jones, who is the Green Party's home affairs spokesperson and a member of the London Assembly, first brought up her concerns over the "kettling" of protesters outside the Bank of England and in the Climate Camp in Bishopsgate during the MPA's Strategic and Operational Policing Committee on 2nd April. Since then she has been assured that there will be an informal meeting for MPA members to ask questions about the police operation.

Jenny commented today: "The protesters' stories of police brutality and the police's story of complete professionalism just don't stack up.

"If the police were hitting people who were sitting down with their hands up (1), we have entered a new era of overt violent policing in Britain that will deter people from protesting and cut back our civil liberties.

"As a Metropolitan Police Authority member I have demanded a meeting to examine the contradictions and a report will be coming to the next Authority meeting.'

The next MPA meeting is 13th April at City Hall.

Note

1. See previous press release, http://www.greenparty.org.uk/news/2009-04-02-g20.html.






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