Independent inquiry into officer beating female G20 demonstrator

Independent inquiry into officer beating female G20 demonstrator

An incident in which an English woman was struck in the face by a police officer during G20 protest clashes will be independently investigated, it has been confirmed.

The actions of the territorial support group sergeant outside the Bank of England will be examined by officials at the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

However, a spokesman said the Brighton woman, known only as Nicky, has yet to come forward to make a formal complaint about the alleged assault on April 2.

Deborah Glass, of the IPCC, said the watchdog will investigate after the matter was referred to them by senior officers at the Metropolitan Police.

She said: "It is appropriate to use our own investigators to deal with this latest incident arising from the policing operation relating to the G20 Summit. I have taken this decision bearing in mind the death of Ian Tomlinson and the volume of complaints made by the public about the actions and tactics of the police service during the policing of the G20 demonstrations."

Earlier, the sister of the protester who was slapped across the face by a police officer said she had been left "traumatised".

Natalie Thompson said she hopes to take the case against the police sergeant as far as possible and has taken photographs of her injuries.

She told London's Evening Standard: "My sister was terrified after the attack and very traumatised. She did not want to come forward earlier because she feared nothing would be done but once the footage was released on the internet, she decided to do something about it."

The Metropolitan Police suspended the territorial support group officer on Tuesday night after a video of the incident was posted on YouTube. Another officer from the unit has already been suspended over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson, who died from a heart attack minutes after being hit with a baton and shoved to the ground.

The woman was in a crowd of more than 100 people attending a vigil for Mr Tomlinson who were encircled by police outside the Bank of England for several hours on April 2.

Amateur footage shows the woman shouting at police before an officer wearing body armour hits her across the face with the back of his hand.

More on this topic

May insists Putin meeting does not mean ‘business as usual’ with RussiaMay insists Putin meeting does not mean ‘business as usual’ with Russia

Don’t meddle in the election, Trump warns Putin jokinglyDon’t meddle in the election, Trump warns Putin jokingly

Clash between liberal and authoritarian values at G20 summitClash between liberal and authoritarian values at G20 summit

All you need to know about the G20 summit in OsakaAll you need to know about the G20 summit in Osaka

More in this Section

What could happen next in the Brexit saga?What could happen next in the Brexit saga?

Defiant Boris Johnson says he will not seek new Brexit delay after Commons lossDefiant Boris Johnson says he will not seek new Brexit delay after Commons loss

Barcelona mayor appeals for calm after violent protestsBarcelona mayor appeals for calm after violent protests

Millions of people make journey to Iraqi city for pilgrimage of ArbaeenMillions of people make journey to Iraqi city for pilgrimage of Arbaeen


Lifestyle

These are the nail hues to choose this season, says Katie Wright.Perfectly polished: 5 autumn/winter nail trends you’ll actually want to wear

This early 19th-century table is one of a number of Irish lots at Sotheby’s Style, Furniture and Ceramics sale in New York on Thursday (October 24).Irish lots poised to add bite to Big Apple sale

Something for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, says Des O’SullivanSomething for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon

Des O’Sullivan gives a preview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in DublinPreview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in Dublin

More From The Irish Examiner