Commons committee to examine policing of G20 protests

April 26, 2009 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

The Home Affairs Committee is to investigate the policing of the G20 protests in London earlier this month.

The police have faced criticism that they were heavy-handed in their approach to the demonstrators after newspapers published video footage of a man, Ian Tomlinson, being struck by an officer. He later died.

The committee chair, Keith Vaz MP, said:

“This inquiry will be critical to look at how the demonstrations were policed, how officers were trained to deal with protesters and what tactics were used to control crowds. The protests have highlighted the need for a review of police behaviour.

“The Committee will be taking evidence from a wide range of those involved in the protests and look forward to hearing what exactly happened and what lessons can be learnt, starting with the Metropolitan Commissioner next Tuesday.”

The committee will consider how officers are trained to deal with protests, decisions taken by senior officers, what is meant by ‘reasonable force’ and ‘peaceful protest’, the relationship between the police and the media, including restrictions on photography, and the political pressures on police with regard to demonstrations.

The committee’s meetings are open to the public. The next one will take place on Tuesday at 10:30am in Committee Room 15.

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