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Peter Mahy, the solicitor acting for Anthony Green, the young Sheffield man who was run over by a police car and seriously injured in an incident in 1999, today described newly released video footage of the incident as ‘horrific’. He called for the Independent Police Complaints Commission to revisit their decision last year not to re-investigate the case and for the Home Secretary to order an independent enquiry.
The video was finally released to Mr Green’s solicitors under the Data Protection Act, previous requests to access the footage having been refused. The video has never been seen by the public before and was not even viewed by the Magistrates when the police officer appeared in court on 10th March 2000.
Mr Mahy, a civil liberties specialist at Sheffield-based Howells, is concerned that the video has only been released now, over six years after the incident.
“ We have been acting for Mr Green in this case since 1999 and have known that video footage of the incident was in existence and yet it has taken over six years for this vital evidence to be released to the public.
“ The Magistrates never saw this video when the police officer appeared in court. DC Lawrence, the police officer involved, was fined a mere £250 and received five penalty points. He has not been disciplined in spite of our referring the matter to both the former Police Complaints Authority and the new Independent Police Complaints Commission.
“Now that this horrific video footage is in the public domain we believe that this whole case should be reviewed and the case re-opened. We call upon the Independent Police Complaints Commission to take a fresh look at the case and call upon the Home Secretary to order an independent enquiry. Given the video evidence, how can Mr Green or the public ever feel that justice has been done?”
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