Harriet Johnson secures unanimous acquittal for man accused of racially abusing ‘Scottish’ police officer

10.09.14 | |

Harriet Johnson has represented a man who was successfully acquitted at Southwark Crown Court, having been accused of threatening two police officers, while making reference to the fact that one of them was “Scottish".


S had been stopped in the street by officers for a drugs search, after they believed him to be acting suspiciously while standing outside his hostel.  During the course of the search S was forcibly restrained, with his hands placed in handcuffs behind his back - despite making the officers aware that both of his hands were in fact broken at the time.  No drugs were ever found on S’s person.  The officers alleged that S had been aggressive and threatened to headbutt them, and had used the racial slur while doing so.  


S claimed that the officers in question had invented the allegations to avoid facing disciplinary action for their rough treatment of him.  After detailed cross-examination of the two police officers by Ms. Johnson, the jury at Southwark Crown Court took just over an hour and a half to unanimously find S not guilty.

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