CS spray compensation will be paid to six protesters who formed part of a UK Uncut demonstration back in 2011. The six protesters were targeted with CS spray by an individual officer who deployed his canister three times during the incident, one after the other. This was done at a very close distance to those affected. According to reports the spray was discharged less than a metre from the crowd and then into the faces of three others. In addition to the compensation payment to each of the six affected people, a written apology has also been sent to each individual.
No precise figure has been revealed for the settlement. However the agreement that CS spray compensation should be paid only comes after two investigations by the Metropolitan Police. Furthermore the force has appealed to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) on two occasions. The written apology has come from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.
The officer involved in the incident is suspended from duty at present relating to another matter that remains unknown. While the incident has now been concluded it has taken over three years to reach this stage.
How can CS spray affect you?
You may have heard CS spray referred to as tear gas. This is because it creates tears in those who have been sprayed with it. The gas irritates both the eyes and the skin, and if you inhale it you may find you start coughing and sneezing. Some people find their breathing becomes more difficult as well. Clearly you don’t want to come into contact with it if at all possible. The gas can also limit your eyesight and make it hard to see your surroundings.
Seek professional no-obligation advice from Accident Advice Helpline now
Have you attended a demonstration and been sprayed with CS gas? If this is the case and you did nothing to warrant this happening, you may find you could be entitled to compensation. You must prove that evidence of negligence is clearly the case, as indicated in the example above. AAH can help you with this, so contact us now any time of the day or night on our 24/7 enquiry line. It’s free to call so don’t delay. The sooner we hear from you the sooner we may be able to help you stand your ground.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown