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High Court finds TSG officers racially abused, assaulted and falsely imprisoned teenagers

Related Member(s):
Phillippa Kaufmann QC, Raj Desai
Related Practice Area(s):
Police Law

After a three-week civil trial in the High Court, and eight years after the relevant events, Mr Justice Gilbart has held that two Territorial Support Group (‘TSG’) Metropolitan police officers racially abused, assaulted and falsely imprisoned two teenagers of Arab-origin, and lied to cover up their actions, making awards of basic and aggravated damages in the successful claimants’ favour. The claimants’ accounts were supported from the outset by evidence from a whistleblower (a black officer from the same unit). However, the relevant TSG officers were nevertheless acquitted at a criminal trial when crucial evidence was not presented by the Prosecution. Very unusually, while the claim was brought against the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, the Commissioner opted to join the individual officers as Additional Parties under Part 20 of the CPR seeking an indemnity, and played a neutral role in the proceedings such that it was the officers who in fact defended the claim.

Phillippa Kaufmann QC and Raj Desai acted for the successful claimants instructed by Bhatt Murphy solicitors. The full judgment is available here.