Student protestor who underwent brain surgery faces trial for violent disorder | News

University student Alfie Meadows, who underwent brain surgery after suffering head injuries during the student protest in 2010, will go on trial for violent disorder at the demonstration, according to reports.

The 21-year-old Meadows, a second-year philosophy at student at Middlesex University at the time, says he was injured by a police baton as he attempted to leave an area where protesters were being kettled by the police.

His mother Susan said that shortly after the demonstration he suffered bleeding to the brain, resulting in a three-hour operation at a London hospital. He was one of 44 people, including six police officers, treated in the hospital after rioting broke out at the demonstration.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an inquiry “following an allegation that a 20-year-old received serious head injuries after being hit on the head with a police truncheon during the student protests in London”.

In protest against what they feel to be an attempt to silence legitimate protest by pursuing the victim rather than against police who carry out alleged assaults, supporters of the student demonstrated outside Kingston crown court, in Surrey on Monday (26 March, 2012). The IPCC said their investigation into the inquiry that Meadows’ injuries were inflicted by the police had been suspended at the request of his legal team because of the criminal proceedings.

Meadows was charged in April last year with violent disorder in connection with the demonstration. He is pleading not guilty and his trial began on Monday (26th April, 2012).

“Alfie Meadows is one of a large number of young student protesters of good character charged with violent disorder,” said Matt Foot, a lawyer who has represented many protestors involved at the demonstration. “This seems to be a blanket policy by the police and prosecution to deal with protesters with one of the most serious offences available.”

[Source: Guardian]