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Category Archives: Actions Against the Police

Use of Tasers by police more than doubles

Home Office figures have revealed that the use of Tasers by police have more than doubled between 2009 and 2011. The use of Tasers was recorded 7,877 times in 2011 compared with 3,328 in 2009. But, in 2011 apparently the Tasers were only discharged in a quarter of the incidents. In the majority of instances,…
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Young offenders suffered broken bones by staff at Ashfield

Inspectors found that young offenders at HMYOI Ashfield were exposed to unacceptable levels of violence, and two suffered broken bones by staff. The report said that problems had worsened at the privately-run institution near Bristol since the decision to close it and move inmates was made. The two young offenders that suffered broken bones did…
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Actions Against the Police: Met to appeal over autism damages ruling

The father of an autistic boy who was restrained by the Metropolitan Police after he jumped  into a swimming pool, has criticised the force for appealing a ruling against them. Last year a judge said that Met officers had falsely imprisoned and discriminated against the autistic boy, known as ZH. ZH was placed in handcuffs…
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Stephen Lawrence’s brother raises racist complaint against the MET

Stuart Lawrence, the brother of Stephen Lawrence, has complained to the Metropolitan Police claiming that officers stopped and searched him because he is black. The complaint is related to an incident on 16th November, but the teacher is claiming that he has been harassed for years. The Metropolitan Police have said that the complaint is…
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Swain & Co. features in Legal 500

We have been recognised as leading experts by the most comprehensive coverage of legal services providers – the Legal 500 United Kingdom. We have been commended for our work in civil liberties and human rights, including for housing, community care, actions against the police and prison law. These are complex areas of work where protection…
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Policeman ‘behaved like a thug’

Southwark Crown Court heard that Policeman Simon Harwood behaved like a thug when he struck Mr Tomlinson with his baton and pushed him to the ground during the G20 violent protest in 2009. Mr Tomlinson was a drunken passer-by who crossed the path of the PC and died as a result of the injuries he…
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Swain & Co welcomes decision to charge Met PC

In April we commented on the allegations that a Metropolitan police officer had assaulted a black youth in police custody at the height of the London riots. We are pleased to see in the news today that the PC, Joe Harrington, will now face charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH), believing that this…
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Many children unlawfully restrained in Secure Training Centres

The High Court has concluded that physical force used on children in Secure Training Centres (STCs) was unlawful. This could potentially lead to hundreds, if not thousands, of claims for children assaulted between 1998 and July 2008 against the companies that run them. In 2004, 15 year-old Gareth Myatt choked to death whilst being restrained…
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Riot police alleged to have assaulted 15 year old in racist attack

It has been alleged that a metropolitan police officer assaulted a 15 year old black boy in the custody area of an east London police station, hours after his colleague was filmed racially abusing another black man at the height of the London riots. The officer has been placed on restricted duties pending the investigation…
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