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Prosecuting the police for Wrongful Assault etc

British police are renowned around the world, but they do not get it right all the time.
When they do get it wrong, we do not have to tell you how difficult it is to start a case, let alone prove an allegation against them in the criminal courts.

Recent examples include the G20 Ian Tomlinson death after a policeassault and the Jean Charles de Menezes killing by police officers.

There are 10 to 20 deaths or more every year while people are in police custody.
Many families of the deceased are dissatisfied with what they see as a unexplained delays in discovering the facts of the death of their loved one, sometimes for many years.

Since 2004 the body dealing is the IPCC – the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
It was formed because of widespread dissatisfaction that police forces were investigating complaints by against their own police officers.
The investigating officers then were therefore colleagues of the very officers complained of, i.e. not even those from a different force.

How well does the IPCC police the police?
Well, every year there are over 30,000 complaints made against the police.
The IPCC investigates less than a hundred of those!

The rest are being still investigated by the police officer’s own police force…

Many people, even some of their own commissioners are unhappy with the effectiveness of the IPCC.

Can a private prosecution help to secure timely justice
If there is independent evidence to support a reasonable chance of charging a police officer, we will advise if a private prosecution would be viable to focus the mind of investigating officers to turbo-charge their investigation.