Police Pay Damages to Protesters
Hampshire police have paid 'substantial damages' to protesters were wrongly arrested for campaigning against the sale of foie gras. Five protesters were carrying out a peaceful protest outside Truffles restaurant in Portsmouth, on February 6, 2007, when after about 20 minutes handing out leaflets, an officer arrived in a police van.
All were arrested and 'were treated rudely and aggressively from the moment that the police officer arrived', say their solicitors.
They were bailed in the early hours of the following morning but later received a letter dated that same day, saying no further action would be taken against them.
Three of the five protesters launched civil proceedings for false imprisonment, aggravated by the violation of their rights of freedom of expression and assembly.