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Alfie Meadows charged with violent disorder on the 9th of December

brogdale

Coming to terms with late onset Anarchism
I can only hope Meadows sues the bastards for millions, or even better pursues a private criminal prosecution
Looks like now he will have the chance.:cool:

Outside the court, Meadows said he was "delighted" with the verdict and would now consider taking further action against the Metropolitan police.
I'm sure we all wish him every success in that endeavour.:)
 

ska invita

back on the other side
Good article about the case - read in full here http://glennmcmahon470.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/lessons-should-be-learnt-from-trial-of-meadows-and-king-as-police-tactics-exposed/

heres the first half

ALFIE Meadows and Zak King, the two students charged with violent disorder following an anti-tuition fee demonstration on December 9, 2010, have both been found not guilty by a jury in a unanimous decision yesterday.*

It was the third trial the pair and their families had endured after a hung jury in the first, an abortion during the second and finally a unanimous not guilty following the third – more than two years after they were first arrested.

The pair faced up to five years in jail had they been convicted.

The jury agreed that they had acted in self defence and the defence of others as they momentarily helped use metal fencing to block police hitting out at protesters trapped in a kettle with their batons and shields.

The prosecution were clear that neither of them were accused of hitting out or throwing missiles at police.

The court also heard how King used shin pads strapped to his arms to block police baton strikes from connecting with himself and others.

The prosecution’s evidence rested on hours of video footage of which a few minutes featured the pair at the vanguard of clashes between police and protesters on Parliament Street on that day, of which a few seconds showed the pair in contact with the fencing, and the fact they remained at the front of clashes between police and protesters.

The two repeatedly defended their right to protest wherever they stood and to defend the protesters around them in the face of police aggression.

After the verdict, however, the judge said that King’s and Meadows’ behaviour was on the cusp of violent disorder and, turning to the gallery, warned against engaging in similar scenes in future.

After speaking to reporters and thanking their counsel the two headed over to the pub opposite to celebrate with friends, family and supporters.

While they can finally look forward to planning a future after a two-year hiatus to deal with the case, Meadows is expected to continue a criminal prosecution against the police for the strike to the head that left him on a surgeon’s table fighting for his life.

The IPCC has reportedly already contacted the family over the matter.

In a statement, Susan Meadows, Alfie’s mum, said: “The struggle for justice for my son has finally begun. The whole family has been through two years of total agony. We have been silenced on what happened to our son. We can now move on to the really important thing, which is to get justice for Alfie.”

Meanwhile, beyond the not guilty verdict, the case has highlighted the frailties and questionable approach to the policing of large public demonstrations.

In particular, the use of batons by police as a supposed last resort was questioned with police accused of its frivolous misuse and aiming at protesters’ heads despite being trained to target arms and legs to avoid life threatening and even lethal injuries.

The failure to use Wapping Boxes – metre-wide fencing that keeps police and protesters apart – more extensively to limit contact and baton use.

The counter-productive effects of implementing a containment without warning creating confusion and uncertainty among thousands of previously calm and passive protesters. The events that followed on that cold December day beg the question as to whether the containment resulted in more damage and injuries than it was supposed to prevent.
 

Pickman's model

every man and every woman is a star
ska invita

from what i've read the cops have been told not to whack people on the head since the nineteenth century. yet ime from the poll tax riot to the present they seem quite happy twatting people on the head: I saw loads of people at the ptr with head injuries, and the same at pretty much every bit of disorder i've been at since, waterloo, welling, hyde park, israeli embassy, j18, n30, g20, the hunting do outside parliament - and of course the student demos. for something ostensibly prohibited, it seems remarkably common.
 

kenny g

Sheeple Wake up!
It would be most interesting to see how a private prosecution progresses, and the CPS reaction. The DPP can take over any pp, which can include stopping one, if deemed to be in the public interest. If the CPS take it over the costs are covered by general funds.

All they would initially need is a few bundles to Criminal Procedure Rules requirements, an information (summons) and a visit to a magistrates to lay the information. Cost awards from criminal prosecutions are usually less than from civil claims, but there is no reason why a civil action couldn't be taken as well, although it is often advised to start the civil action after the criminal.

Even if the criminal case were forestalled or lost the civil claim could continue.
 

audiotech

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'There were 17 criminal justice acts introduced under Labour, more than the whole of the post-war period. In total, a criminal law was introduced for every day Labour were in office. If ACPO asked for it Blair gave it to them. The police can do anything they like now.'

Source.
 

fiery brook

New Member
As Alfie's girlfriend, and having all of us gone through hell over the past 2 years and 3 months, just wanted to say thank you for the support for Alfie and Zak from Urban75! The IPCC have now reopened the investigation (suspended as the bullshit criminal case dragged on through three grim trials), so we'll see how things go from there. It's likely to take ages, but at least now there's no threat of prison and we get some kind of autonomy over our lives again.
 

Mr.Bishie

Pickled Egg
Fucking bullshit!

“We are not persuaded that PC Alston committed misconduct.”

“That's it. It's over. Still no #JusticeForAlfieMeadows PC Alston cleared of misconduct.”

 
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