GBP85k compensation payout for protesters

Scotland Yard has been forced to pay out £85,000 in compensation to five people who were assaulted and arrested by police during protests in London.

The demonstration took place in October 2006 in a protest against the shooting of a journalist in the Mexican city of Oaxaca.

A peaceful protest outside the Mexican embassy in London was interrupted by police who arrested eight protesters, but all of them either had the charges against them dropped or were found not guilty of public order offences.

Detective chief inspector Alex Gibbs of the Met’s directorate of professional standards issued a formal apology, stating: "It is accepted that your arrest was unlawful and that any force used on you during your arrest was therefore an assault and battery."

It is thought that the payout may help the case of people who were injured by police at the G20 summit protests, including one Brighton woman who is believed to be planning an injury compensation claim after allegedly being hit with a baton.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19148808-ADNFCR

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