Official Complaint Launched against West Yorkshire Police

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October 31, 2012 by NorthernAnimalRights

from:  Northern Animalrights
date:  Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 9:59 PM
subject:  Updated Version of the complaint
From The Office Of The Northern Animal Rights Team.
To Whom It May Concern,
This is a letter expressing our desire to make an official complaint against the West Yorkshire Constabulary in response to their actions at the Dogs4Us demonstration in Leeds, on Sunday 28th October 2012.We contest that your Officers present at the demonstration were acting as lay agents for Dogs4Us and thus were not impartial.

We back up this accusation with the following arguments.Firstly, your Officers – particularly Sargent 1855 – refused to take our complaints of assault seriously. This occurred when two activists present at the demonstration narrowly avoided being run over by a Range Rover (registration number: L333 LSW).Following this, the driver of the vehicle exited his car and approached an activist (whose megaphone had been struck by the vehicle) in a very aggressive and intimidating manor.

This led to the activist feeling extremely threatened and scared; rendering an offence of common assault. . An elderly lady who witnessed the assault gave a statement after being disgusted at the actions of the driver – this was promptly disregarded by the Officers on scene.

Sargent 1855 smiled and nodded at this and refused to arrest the offender claiming that there were “No grounds to arrest him” which was no true, as confirmed by two Law Students present at the demonstration.

Towards the end of the demonstration, the members of staff from Dogs4Us exited the building which led to the Officers on scene became more aggressive, despite the fact we made no attempt to obstruct or intimidate the staff in anyway.

During their exit, Sargent 1885 pushed an activist from behind with such great force that he fell over onto a staff member; this caused the activist to sustain multiple cuts and bruises to his legs of which blood was drawn. This was witnessed by more than one activist on the scene.

The staff member demanded that the activist be arrested, despite the Sargent admitting the activists that he pushed the male activist in question. When PC 5097 (PC Richardson) approached the victim of the police brutality he was told to get into the back of the Police van and that he was under detention until he agreed to give his details, the Officer had no jurisdiction for this as the Sargent had already admitted to pushing him into the female member of staff.

Over all, we are highly disappointed at the Policing of the demonstration. The Officers present appeared to be extremely biased against the demonstrators as shown by the events stated above. Due to this, we would like to make an official complaint against West Yorkshire Constabulary.

Furthermore, this isn’t the first time such bias against us has been shown. As a result, we will be notifying the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) due to the unlawful and shocking behaviour of the Officers at the scene.


Mr Jonathon Proctor.
Representative of Northern Animal Rights

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