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I managed to get Mr V acquitted because the law distinguishes between arrestable and non-arrestable offences. Or at least it did until earlier this year

By Alex McBride   April 2006

The CCTV recorded the back-up unit’s progress. They were not exactly hurrying. Some officers jogged. Others went the wrong way. A stout officer, bringing up the rear, stumbled on the stairs. The camera cut to another group of cops, who had a black man pressed face-first against the wall of a pedestrian tunnel. There were too many of them to get a proper grip on him. They stood around as the man was pulled to the floor, handcuffed and taken away. You might be wondering what this man had done to merit such a response from so many officers. Mr…

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