Metropolitan Police Authority Civil Liberties Panel - Responding to G20
13 October 2010
Following the policing of the protests in central London on 1 and 2 April 2009, which were timed to coincide with the meeting of the G20 heads of state in London, the police came in for significant criticism. The tragic death of Ian Tomlinson and media furore following the G20 protests, prompted a fundamental questioning of the approach to policing protest. Several scrutinies of how the demonstrations were policed have been conducted, including an inspection by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary (HMCIC), at the request of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
The Panel’s review overlaps the findings of those reports. This was unavoidable, given the Panel’s need to understand how the MPS are responding to the recommendations that were made. Where the Civil Liberties Panel felt there were gaps in those scrutinies, we have conducted our own investigations.
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