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  1. Journalist 'confident' PC assaulted photographer. Empress State Building Date - 14th November 2018 By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle 1 Comment Channel 4’s longest-running presenter told a misconduct panel he had "never before and never since" seen a police officer act like a close protection officer accused of using unreasonable force against a photojournalist at a Jeremy Corbyn rally. Met Police PC Mark Dawson, based at Royalty and Specialist Command, is accused of grabbing photographer Anthony Devlin around the neck and wrestling him to the ground and damaging his camera on June 7, 2017 despite the fact he presented “very low risk to the public”. He denies all the allegations against him. Mr Devlin is making a civil claim against the MPS for the cost of damaged equipment. PC Dawson had been assigned to help protect Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a campaign visit to Colwyn Bay in Wales the day before the 2017 general election. A large crowd of people turned up to hear Mr Corbyn speak and Mr Devlin was attempting to follow the politician back to a local train station when PC Dawson confronted him. Giving evidence at a misconduct hearing held at the Empress State Building in West London today, Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow told the panel he stands by his description of the scuffle between Mr Devlin and PC Dawson as an “assault”. He said an 18-second video clip played repeatedly to the panel, which appears to show Mr Devlin trying to slip under the linked arms of stewards and then being wrestled to the floor by PC Dawson, does not capture the “sheer violence” of the incident. Mr Snow is heard on the recording shouting “stop it, stop it, stop it man” and putting his hand on PC Dawson’s back. He told the panel: “You can do me for assault. “I had no doubt that man I had my hand on had just assaulted that bloke thrown to the ground and all his equipment smashed. “The force of the collision was so much I would have been very doubtful you could take a picture with them afterwards [Mr Devlin’s cameras]. “The thing that provoked me was the sheer force of what had been delivered. “It was unusually peaceful for a political rally, the general feeling of beach. It was unlike any political event I’d been to. “It was full of holidaymakers, it was an incredibly relaxed scene. I see a very heavy-handed thrust.” Although he said at the time he had had no idea PC Dawson was a police officer, when questioned by the panel about whether he still stands by the “strong language” in his witness statement Mr Snow responded: “I do very strongly. “He hurled himself, he did something which no human being would do to someone else in a civil context. “I have never seen a police officer behaving in such a way in this country, completely losing his temper and self-control. “It was totally unnecessary to do that. If that’s the way we’re going to deal with civilians in a crowd we’ve gone a long way down a dark street.” He said he had seen clashes on the streets of Northern Ireland between police and civilians but “that had been in the context of a protest”. Other photographer witnesses from the June 7- Anthony Goodman and Oliver Scarff, said they also would have questioned the authority of Labour “volunteers” to block the path of a journalist at a public event. They also agreed they would have questioned the power of a police officer to do so. Mr Scarff said he saw PC Dawson bring Mr Devlin to the ground and apply pressure to his neck area in a “grossly disproportionate” reaction. View On Oracle

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