Policeman faces charges over London G20 protest
LONDON — A police officer accused of striking a woman at a protest against the G20 summit in London in April is likely to be charged with assault, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Monday.
London police sergeant Delroy Smellie is scheduled to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London on November 16 in connection with the alleged assault of 35-year-old Nicola Fisher.
The incident took place as Fisher headed to a vigil for Ian Tomlinson, who collapsed and died during the previous day’s G20 demonstrations shortly after being hit by police.
That officer was subsequently suspended and questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.
“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Police Sergeant Delroy (Tony) Smellie with the offence of assault by the beating of Nicola Fisher on April 2, 2009, at a demonstration in the City of London,” a statement from the service said.
The CPS said it had reviewed a file of evidence provided by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, following their investigation into Fisher’s allegation, and a court summons had been issued.
The Metropolitan Police had already suspended Smellie pending the probe and the force said Monday that it would be “completely inappropriate” to comment further on the case.
Tomlinson’s death prompted widespread criticism of the police and sparked a review of how forces handle demonstrations.