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G20 protestors consider legal action

A group of G20 protestors claiming to have been the victims of overly aggressive police tactics are considering taking legal action against the Metropolitan police, reports suggest.

Legal representatives for a group of climate camp demonstrators have apparently told the Met they may launch a judicial review of the tactics used by officers last month to contain the protests in central London.

Tactics such as the controversial “kettling” could be subject to a review, experts have warned.

Demonstrators who staged the Bishopsgate climate camp on April 1st are said to want an explanation of how the Met handled the event.

Sky News reports solicitors from the law firm Bindmans have submitted a “pre-action” letter to the Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson on their behalf.

The police have come in for fierce criticism of the handling of the London protests on the eve of the G20 summit. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is currently investigating dozens of reports of police abuse as well as the ongoing inquiry into the death of Ian Tomlinson near the Bank of England last month.
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