Blair Peach in the press: “Unofficial report condemns ‘police violence’” (23 April 1980)



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The NCCL report, published on the anniversary of Peach’s death in 1980, was scathing about the police’s conduct on the day. Three passages (not quoted in the Times article) give a flavour of report as a whole:

“On a number of occasions, the evidence shows that police officers used their truncheons, not for self-protection but as instruments of arbitrary, violent and unlawful punishment”

“There is disturbing evidence of racist behaviour by police officers on duty on 23 April”

“We believe the SPG has no place in the policing of demonstrations”.





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