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IPCC investigates alleged false arrest at student protest

15 March 2011

Protest police were caught conspiring to falsely arrest a student demonstrator, it has been alleged.

The Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) is investigating claims that a police officer manning the barricades during a Parliament Square protest on 9 December 2010 colluded with colleagues over the radio to concoct an illegal arrest.

The 20-year-old student had leapt over the barriers before being chased and caught by a police officer. The IPCC says the demonstrator suffered a chipped tooth.

Three officers are now being investigated under criminal and gross misconduct matters.

IPCC commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne said: “We are investigating a serious allegation that an officer colluded with colleagues to abuse his position by arresting a young man on false grounds. We will also be looking at the circumstances of how the man suffered a broken tooth during his detention.”

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