Mar 14 2011
A police officer has been accused of colluding with colleagues to arrest a young protester on "false grounds" at the student fees demonstrations.
The police watchdog said it was investigating the "serious allegation" that an officer abused his position after a 20-year-old breached the cordon during the high-profile demonstrations in Parliament Square last December.
Rachel Cerfontyne, commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said: "We will also be looking at the circumstances of how the man suffered a broken tooth during his detention."
Three officers have been told they are being investigated for alleged criminal and gross misconduct matters.
The 20-year-old was injured as he was chased and caught by police after breaching the cordon.
One officer was wearing sound recording equipment which recorded the chase and detention as well as a subsequent conversation between a number of colleagues, said the IPCC.
"The investigation will look at an allegation that the officers conspired to falsely arrest the 20-year-old, as well as how he sustained the damage to his tooth," said the IPCC.
Ms Cerfontyne said: "We are investigating a serious allegation that an officer colluded with colleagues to abuse his position by arresting a young man on false grounds."
Demonstrations by students and lecturers against higher university tuition fees descended into violence with one breakaway mob attacking a convoy carrying the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in the West End. The incident prompted an internal investigation and an apology from the force's commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson.
The first student demonstrations against tuition fees took place in November when protesters stormed the office complex housing the headquarters of the Conservative Party.