Kettling protesters is ‘lawful’, appeal court rules

Posted: January 20, 2012 in NEWS, POLICE STATE
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Owen Bowcott
Guardian
January 20, 2012

Police tactics of kettling protesters, used extensively during the G20 protests in London three years ago, have been upheld as lawful.

… Police in charge of the protest ordered the climate camp on Bishopsgate in the City of London to be kettled and then cleared, but officers were left to decide how much force they should use.

Video shot on the day showed demonstrators, who numbered around 4,000, trying to avoid being beaten by raising their hands in the air and chanting “This is not a riot” at police wearing helmets and riot gear.

In their decision, the appeal court judges said: “There was no valid basis for concluding that [Chief Superintendent] Johnson’s decision to contain the climate camp at 19.00 on 1 April 2009 was unlawful, as his apprehension that a breach of the peace was imminent was a reasonable view for him to have formed in the light of the information available to him at the time.”

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