Met drops case and accepts the role of legal observers at protests

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Four members of Black Protest Legal Support arrested at ‘kill the bill’ protests have their charges dropped

‘Kill the bill’ protests against the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill.
‘Kill the bill’ protests against the police, crime, sentencing and courts bill.Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

Damien Gayle@damiengayleSat 29 May 2021 13.47 BST

TheMetropolitan policehas said legal observers at protests have an important role to play in the independent scrutiny of policing, as it dropped actions against four people who were arrested during “kill the bill” protests this spring.

It is believed to be the first time a police force has admitted the role played by legal observers during protests. The observers are independent volunteers who attend protests to monitor police conduct.

The four observers, all volunteers with Black Protest Legal Support (BPLS), were arrested at protests in March and April and handed fines for breaches of coronavirus regulations. Their arrestsprompted a legal challenge– supported by Liberty, the civil…

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