Campaigners plan protest over allegations of police brutality

This Is Lancashire: Campaigners plan protest over allegations of police brutality Campaigners plan protest over allegations of police brutality

CAMPAIGNERS from Bolton will protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London over allegations of police brutality.

Justice4Bolton will meet outside the courts on July 22 to challenge the findings of a report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

The group was set up to defend protesters, associated with Unite Against Fascism, who faced activists from the English Defence League during a demonstration in Victoria Square in 2010.

Pensioner Alan Clough from Radcliffe was arrested during the event after it was claimed he hit a police officer, but the case against him was dropped when video footage, in its unenhanced version, emerged allegedly showing him being struck by police.

Insp Cantrell was charged with perverting the course of justice, but the charges were dropped when prosecutors offered no evidence against him, having seen enhanced video evidence.

The IPCC decided there was no case of gross misconduct by Insp Cantrell.

Mr Clough is challenging this decision through the courts, and justice4bolton will lobby the hearing later this month.

The group is also calling for the publication of the IPCC review, which has not been made public.

Mr Clough said: "I was surprised at the conclusions of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

“Having remained patient throughout the last four years and putting our faith in the IPPC to get justice, I am now very disappointed with their decision making.

“I have been left with no option but to ask the courts to review the matter."

A spokesman from IPCC said when outstanding misconduct processes are finished the investigation report will be made public.

He added: "This case was referred to the CPS and has been subject to consideration for charges and two criminal proceedings, following which a misconduct process has started but then been further interrupted by a legal challenge by the complainants.

“While we sympathise with their frustration at the time taken for this process, the delays in this case cannot be attributed solely to the IPCC.

“The investigation identified performance concerns about a number of officers and found there was a case to answer for misconduct by an inspector. Our findings have been shared with the complainants.

“At the conclusion of outstanding misconduct processes the investigation report will be made public, as is our usual process."

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