Alfie Meadows Wiki
A police officer accused of hitting a student Alfie Meadows over the head with his baton during a protest was today cleared of misconduct after a panel found an unidentified colleague struck the blow.
Alfie Meadows who was studying philosophy at Middlesex University at the time in 2010, suffered a head injury requiring emergency surgery.
Alfie Meadows Age
Alfie Meadows is 29 years old.
Alfie Meadows injuries suffered
Alfie Meadows, 29, who was studying philosophy at the University of Middlesex at the time in 2010, suffered a head injury that required emergency surgery. Detective Mark Alston, 37, denied hitting Meadows during the rally against student fees in London on December 9, 2010. Meadows was one of the more than 10,000 people who demonstrated on the day of a parliamentary vote to increase student fees when he received a blow to the head. And a disciplinary panel concluded that Meadows was hit in the head by a police baton, but by an unidentified metropolitan police officer, and not by the London city police officer, Alston.
Temporary Deputy Chief of Police Chief Nev Kemp said: “We are clear that Mr. Meadows suffered a serious head injury and that his injury occurred during the demonstration.” “In addition, in the balance of probabilities, we found that Mr. Meadows was hit by a police baton instead of another object.”
Alston, accused of using unreasonable force, said Tuesday at a hearing in London: “I was in a situation where I thought my life was at risk and that of other officers.” ‘I was in a situation that was very crowded. I was trying my best to defend myself and my colleagues. ‘ It was a 26-year-old PC when it was deployed to monitor the protest, which saw violent clashes in Parliament Square and its surroundings.
‘Initially it was OK but as the day drew on it became more hostile,’ he said. ‘I could tell the situation was starting to escalate. It’s like a gut feeling you get that the situation is getting worse. It’s like a sixth sense.’
Mr Alston said he went into the crowd with colleagues to rescue a group of officers after the commanding officer said there was a ‘risk of serious injury or death’.
He told how he drew his baton as missiles were ‘raining’ down and feared he could be injured by metal barriers being pushed towards him by protesters.
‘It was a dire situation. It was really high-risk,’ he said. ‘There were bits of masonry, concrete, glass bottles and fireworks being thrown at us.’
Video footage was said to capture the moment he raised his baton in a ‘violent, uncontrolled and dangerous manner’ before striking Mr Meadows.
The audience told officers that they are taught to swing their canes with a lateral movement, pointing at the arms or legs. Alston can be seen with the gun raised in the air before taking it down, although the supposed moment of contact cannot be seen. “To the best of my memory, I didn’t hit anything,” he said. “As far as I can remember, it went down and I didn’t hit anyone at that time.” Stephen Morley, representing the City of London police, who presented the case against Alston, suggested that the images showed the officer hitting his staff four times in six seconds to the crowd. “This is quite indiscriminate,” the lawyer suggested. ‘You are attacking the crowd in front of you. You’re just hitting the students. Alston denied the suggestions. Mr. Meadows, who studies a master’s degree in philosophy, needed more than 100 commodities in his head and was left with a large scar.
When presenting evidence on Monday, Meadows said the protesters used fences to push back the officers, but denied that he was in any way aggressive with the police before he was beaten. “The officer was right in front of me and circling with his cane,” he said. ‘He hit the fence with his cane. The fence swerved to his right and he was swinging his cane from top to bottom above his head. “He was right in front of me, waving his cane and swinging his cane towards me.” Mr. Meadows continued: ‘The staff swung from top to bottom. It was approaching directly to my head.
‘I instinctively span around because I thought I was about to be hit by the baton and as soon as I spun around I was struck by the baton.
‘I was struck on the top right of my head and it was incredibly hard and painful. I saw flashing lights and it was the most painful thing I have ever experienced.’
He added: ‘I put my hand to my head. I was in excruciating pain.’
Mr Meadows told a three-person panel he felt ‘confused and groggy’ and his condition deteriorated when he was eventually taken to hospital by ambulance.
He was charged with causing violent disorder and taken to court where he was cleared by a jury in 2013.
A probe by the police watchdog, now called the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), found Mr Alston had a case to answer for gross misconduct, but City of London police rejected the recommendation.
The force then failed in a court bid to challenge the IOPC’s direction that he should face a full hearing.