Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Watchdog Is Given G20 Brutality Dossier from 400 Witnesses

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Watchdog Is Given G20 Brutality Dossier from 400 Witnesses

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THE METROPOLITAN police today faced fresh accusations of brutality at the G20 protests.

Lawyers representing Climate Camp are to hand over a dossier alleging excessive force by riot officers at the demonstrations to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Among the complaints is one from a woman who claims police medics refused to let her out of the cordon to seek medical treatment after she collapsed.

Up to 400 witness statements complaining of police brutality were drawn up by law firm Bindmans on behalf of the organisers of the Climate Camp demonstration.

Louise Broadbent, 27, who collapsed after suffering an asthma attack during the "kettling" incidents, said she was told by officers that "they were under orders not to let anyone out under any circumstances, even for medical reasons".

She was today undergoing medical treatment for a suspected broken wrist suffered during alleged beatings at the Bishopsgate Climate Camp.

The environmental consultant from Clapham said she was attacked in two separate police charges at 7.30pm, when she was dragged out of the cordon and punched in the face, and then at 9.30pm.

Describing the second alleged assault, she said: "We were just sitting there when police lunged at us. They pulled me away and I saw several officers beating up my boyfriend. He got punched in the face and they were hitting him with their shields side-on." Miss Broadbent claims she was then dragged outside the cordon by officers who threatened to break her wrists.

"They dragged me outside the cordon, one on each side in a wrist lock laughing and saying 'what shall we do with her now', and hurled me face-first back through the police cordon. As they did this my hands were behind my back -- they held me up and literally threw me through the air. …

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