Investigation into UK police ‘false’ arrests
An investigation has been launched into the alleged false arrest of three tuition fees protestors by British Metropolitan Police in London in December.
“We are investigating a serious allegation that an officer colluded with colleagues to abuse his position by arresting a young man on false grounds…We will also be looking at the circumstances of how the man suffered a broken tooth during his detention.”
In December 2010, Met police arrested three students who protested over the tuition fee rise and education cuts falsely.
The Scotland Yard spokesperson said the case was sent to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for investigation.
One of the officers was reportedly wearing a sound device that recorded the conversations held when the man was detained in Parliament Square and the discussion between the police officers.
Scotland Yard was severely criticized at the time for its violent crackdown on protestors.
However, the Scotland Yard paper said the protests were only disorders which were dealt with by “developing a cunning plan: the essence of which is flexibility.”
The Chief Superintendent Andy McKechnie admitted the use of violence by the police force and said, “There is no intelligence to suggest the need for public order kit at this stage.”