THE WRONG MEN; Cops at Race Attack Used CS Spray and Cuffs on Victims, Court Hears

The Mirror (London, England), April 16, 2003 | Go to article overview

THE WRONG MEN; Cops at Race Attack Used CS Spray and Cuffs on Victims, Court Hears


Byline: JON KELLY

A BOXER told a court yesterday how cops arrested him and used CS spray after he was attacked by racist skinheads.

Francisco Borg, 22, who will fight for Wales in the Four Nations championship on Saturday, was left "screaming with pain" after he was held down by officers.

At the time, the Society of Black Lawyers described the case as the "most explosive expose of police inaction during a violent racial attack" since the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Francisco and a friend flagged down a police officer after they were attacked by a gang of white thugs in Cardiff.

As police arrived the attackers struck again, smashing their car window and trying to put a pitbull terrier into the vehicle.

But the court heard police arrested the two victims and charged them with violent misconduct.

Francisco is claiming damages against South Wales Police for unlawful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

He told the hearing at Cardiff Civil Court: "I couldn't see properly.

"I was blinded, my eyes were burning, and I had bits of glass over my T-shirt.

"I was shocked. I said: 'We're the victims, what are you arresting us for?'"

He admitted throwing two punches in self-defence before he was "flung to the floor".

He added: "I realised there were two police officers holding me down. I was getting attacked by skinheads and attacked by police."

Earlier, he picked up a stick to defend himself but he insisted he had not done anything which would force the officers to take hold of him.

The court was shown shocking CCTV footage of the gang launching its attack on the car.

The incident took place on August 1997 when Francisco was 17 and his friend Marcus Walters was 19. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

THE WRONG MEN; Cops at Race Attack Used CS Spray and Cuffs on Victims, Court Hears
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.