…but this time TSU officers have been acquitted of breaking into a man’s home and battering him.
The jury at Southwark crown court took just one hour to decide that police constables Mark Jones, Roderick James-Bowen and Nigel Cowley and detective constable John Donohue not guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against Babar Ahmad. But they were told only half the story. They were deliberately kept in the dark about a civil case in 2009 in which the Met conceded Ahmad had been the subject of a “a serious, gratuitous and prolonged” attack – and paid him £60,000 in damages. Why was that kept from the jury? Usually, confessions are used as evidence of a defendant’s guilt.
The jury were also not informed of the fact that two of the officers on trial Jones and James-Bowen – had 40 separate allegations of assault against them between 1993 and 2007, the majority involving black or Asian men. These complaints were dismissed as “unfounded” at the time; but it’s hard to see how those officers had been accused of assault again and again, by unrelated citizens,if they were as lily-white as they’ve been portrayed.
Some people in authority are going to use the manslaughter charge against PC Steven Harwood as proof that the Met and its violent Territorial Support Unit have changed, and are no longer the vicious scumbags they used to be. Will you believe that? Look at the photos of Ahmad after his arrest, and consider the TSU’s reputation, before you make up your mind.
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