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PC accused of assault suing Met

A police officer due to go on trial accused of attacking a terrorist suspect is suing his force for racial discrimination.

Pc Mark Jones, 43, of the Metropolitan Police's Territorial Support Group (TSG), has launched employment tribunal proceedings against the force.

In documents submitted to the tribunal, he claims he was the victim of racial discrimination in the aftermath of an incident in June 2007.

Two 16-year-olds were stopped and questioned by Jones and several other officers on suspicion of robbery near Edgware Road, west London.

Five TSG colleagues who were also present have launched linked proceedings against the Metropolitan Police, also alleging racial discrimination.

They are Sergeant William Wilson, Pc Steven White, Pc Giles Kitchener, Pc Simon Prout and Pc Neil Brown.

Jones is one of four officers accused of attacking terrorist suspect Babar Ahmad during a raid at his home in Tooting, south London, in 2003.

The officer, who is on restricted duties, is accused of assault causing actual bodily harm and will appear before magistrates in Westminster on September 22.

He will be joined in the dock by Pcs Nigel Cowley, 32, and Roderick James-Bowen, 39, and Detective Constable John Donohue, 36.

A Tribunals Service spokesman said documents were filed in mid-July and no date has been set for a hearing at its Kingsway offices in central London.


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