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23RD BARTON MOSS PROTECTOR ACQUITTED
 

Star date: 2nd June 2014

ANOTHER BARTON MOSS PROTECTOR CLEARED

Today, Joe became the 23rd Barton Moss protector to be cleared by Manchester Magistrates Court as more and more cases are dropped, dismissed or the defendants found not guilty.

Joe was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a police sergeant in her duty but after video footage was shown in court Joe was acquitted of both charges. The increasing number of cleared Barton Moss defendants puts Greater Manchester Police under more pressure to explain its actions at the Salford anti-fracking protests.

Full details here…


Today at Manchester Magistrates Court, Barton Moss protector, Joe, was acquitted of charges of resisting arrest and obstructing a police sergeant in her duty.

The court was shown video footage of the sergeant in question violently pushing Joe off Barton Moss Road and into a fence on one occasion, and shoving Joe off the road on another occasion that night. She argued that this was for his own health and safety because she feared he may get run over by a (barely moving) IGas worker's van.

Judge Saunders ruled there were other actions the sergeant was obliged to take, rather than shove Joe off the road when he was acting totally peacefully. In the footage the sergeant is also seen running at speed at Joe for a third time. It is then that Joe ducks under her and runs forward to avoid her. He is then tackled to the ground by five Greater Manchester Police Tactical Aid Unit (TAU) officers. Two of the TAU officers took the stand to argue that Joe then resisted arrest. However Judge Saunders ruled that because the sergeant had acted outside her lawful duty, none of the charges could apply, and this was an unlawful arrest.

Joe's acquittal brings the total number of Barton Moss protectors who have had their cases dropped, dismissed or been found not guilty to 23 – with only a few convictions.

Last Friday, Simon Pook, of Robert Lizar Solicitors which has defended the vast majority of Barton Moss cases, questioned the Crown Prosecution Service's continuation of the trials…

"Our concern is the escalating cost to the public purse of the ongoing failures of these cases" he said.

* Over five thousand people have signed an HM Government e-petition calling for a public inquiry into the policing of the Salford Barton Moss anti-fracking protests - see here

See also previous Salford Star articles:

* Case Against Barton Moss Salford Schoolgirl dropped - click here

* Four More Barton Moss Protectors Cleared - click here

Additional reporting and photo by Climate James

Reg Howard wrote
at 12:31:28 on 03 June 2014
The secret is out, Lloyds "independent" is locked in the same cupboard as Stewarts " clear and transparent". promised but never to be seen again,but, what can you expect from these labour controlled puppets.Some may ask,"who's fault is "? the answer is simpl, it is your fault for not getting off your arse and using your vote. Did you vote ?
 
Chaz wrote
at 22:23:03 on 02 June 2014
We are a straight judiciary away from a full on Police State. Get off your arses and DO something about this or answer to your children and grandchildren. If it wasn't for our fantastically uncorrupt judiciary people would now be criminalised and behind bars scarring them for the rest of their lives when their ONLY "crime" was to put their lives and liberty on the line to defend our bloody land. Make a stink about what has got to be one of the biggest travesties of justice perpetrated by a major city "police force" that our modern society has ever witnessed. And like I say, if you don't, answer to your kids.......
 
Chaz wrote
at 22:22:59 on 02 June 2014
...what the Star doesnt mention is that the Judge actually laughed out loud during some of the "resisting arrest" nonsense. Its shameful that if it wasnt for the Protectors video evidence Joe may well have been found guilty of all counts. That could have been any one of us that stood up to defend our mosses from these foul corrupt people...how dark and disturbing is that?!?!
 
pmsl wrote
at 22:22:54 on 02 June 2014
Whats happened to lloyds ' independent ' cover up ? Sorry I mean ' independent inquiry ' . Pmsl
 
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