Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Riot squad cop in assault charge

A LONDON riot squad officer has been charged with assault after a boy aged 16 was pushed backwards through a shop window, reports the Evening Standard.

Pc Marcus Ballard, 29, a member of the Territorial Support Group (other members of whom are pictured in action above), will appear before magistrates next month to face two counts of common assault.

Pc Ballard was part of a TSG unit that was called to support local officers dealing with a disturbance on a bus involving a large group of youths in Bromley in February.

The unit remained in a parked van while several suspects were questioned. But after two young women approached the van, two officers got out to speak to them.

One of the officers then “came into contact” with the boy and he crashed through the window of Magnet Kitchens in Bromley High Street.

He was not seriously injured but was arrested, interviewed and released on bail before being told no further action would be taken.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated after colleagues of Pc Ballard reported concerns to anti-corruption officers.

In a separate case, four TSG officers are to face assault charges over a raid on Muslim terror suspect Babar Ahmad, 36, in Tooting in 2003.

A member of the TSG was also investigated over the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests last year. Pc Simon Harwood is facing the sack at a misconduct tribunal over allegations of using excessive force. The CPS decided not to prosecute.