Police ‚kettle‘ tactic challenged in European Court

The controversial police tactic of „kettling“ during mass demonstrations will be challenged in the European Court of Human Rights on Wednesday.

Human Rights campaign group Liberty argues officers breached people’s rights during May Day protests in 2001.

Liberty says one of its clients, George Black, 62, was not a protester but was caught in a „kettle“ for hours without access to food, water or the toilet.

The Metropolitan Police said it was unable to comment on the case.

„Kettling“ is a containment tactic whereby large numbers of demonstrators are detained within a police cordon. (more on bbc.co.uk)