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G20 police officer Delroy Smellie cleared of assault

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SparklyKatie On March 07, 2014

Sheffield, United Kingdom
#1New Post! Mar 31, 2010 @ 21:17:00
A Metropolitan Police officer accused of striking a woman with a metal baton at a G20 protest has been cleared.

Sgt Delroy Smellie denied common assault on Nicola Fisher, 36, of Brighton, during the protest in Exchange Square, London, in April 2009.

The officer told City of Westminster Magistrates' Court he feared objects in her hand were weapons.

District Judge Daphne Wickham found no evidence had been provided to show use of the baton was not measured or correct.

She said: "It was for the prosecution to prove this defendant was not acting in lawful self-defence.

Personally I think this is disgusting, the objects in her hands were a carton of juice and a camera how can a police officer, trained in observation not know that? Not only did he backhand her across the face but to hit her with a metal baton was totally unnecessary IMO.
mark_is_god On June 26, 2015

antrim, Ireland
#2New Post! Mar 31, 2010 @ 21:24:20
no sympathy for her.

if i went up to an officer and acted like that, i would fully expect some kind of action.

his actions do push the boundary's of what is acceptable, but not enough for me to feel disciplinary action is required.
ninozara On April 30, 2020

Cheshire, United Kingdom
#3New Post! Mar 31, 2010 @ 21:51:35
I think what that police officer did was despicable!

He was twice her size, trained in restraining people, and he resorted to that?! She wasn't exactly jumping on hit and hitting him.

Considering what it was all about - an innocent man dying at a protest - he should have been much more aware of his actions!
Lfc1892 On August 10, 2010


Dublin, Ireland
#4New Post! Mar 31, 2010 @ 22:24:52
To be honest i have seen a 15 year old girl been beaten by the garda, The garda are absolute scum where i live, They would love a reason to kick the s*** out of us dubs, I think it hurts them that they are not from the capital, f***ing smelly red neck bastards, But after all that said not all of them are bad.. but because there is a gang war going on here everyone is a suspect.
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