IK&P act for student protester in high profile disciplinary case

Imran Khan and Partners Solicitors act for Alfie Meadows in high profile Gross Misconduct Proceedings against DC Mark Alston of the City of London Police, which are to be held from 4 to 17 December 2019.

On 9 December 2010, Alfie Meadows suffered a life-threatening brain injury at a student tuition fees protest. Alfie underwent a 3 hour emergency operation to treat bleeding on the brain and save his life.

Shortly after Alfie lodged a police complaint regarding the use of excessive force by police officers, the Metropolitan Police made a decision to charge Alfie with violent disorder. He was unanimously acquitted on 8 March 2013 at Woolwich Crown Court.

Subsequently, the Independent Office of Police Conduct (‘IOPC’) found that PC Alston had a case to answer in relation to his conduct. The decision to hold Gross Misconduct Proceedings was subject to a Judicial Review challenge by the City of London Police, but the divisional court found in favour of Alfie Meadows’ complaint and directed that the proceedings must take place.

PC Alston (now DC Alston) is accused of using his police baton in a violent, uncontrolled and dangerous manner, hitting Alfie on the head, and causing serious injury.

Alfie is represented by solicitors Imran Khan QC and Daniel Lemberger Cooper.

See further press reporting from the Guardian and Channel 4 here:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/03/brain-injury-police-waiting-for-justice?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other and https://www.channel4.com/news/student-seeking-justice-after-being-thrashed-with-a-police-baton-by-an-officer-in-2010

The disciplinary hearing will be held in public and is expected to last for two weeks. Further details can be found on the City of London Police website here: https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/about-us/your-right-to-information/misconduct-hearings/Pages/default.aspx

For more information and comment contact Daniel Lemberger Cooper on 0207 404 3004 or danielc@ikandp.co.uk

Imran Khan and Partners Solicitors

December 2019