London Cops Waterboarded Drug Suspects: Report

Officers also accused of fabricating evidence, theft
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2009 7:41 AM CDT
An injured man is carried by police officers during a protest on the street outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, May 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)
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(Newser) – London police subjected accused pot dealers to waterboarding, charges a major inquiry into corruption and police brutality in the British capital. The investigation also claims that officers fabricated evidence and stole property from suspects in a drug case. Six officers are facing criminal proceedings, reports the Times of London, but none have been arrested.

Debates about police powers have raged since the death of a bystander during last April's G20 protests, and the waterboarding allegations have forced Scotland Yard to appoint a new commander at the station in question. The brutality took place after raids on four men and a woman for importing pot. Their trial has been suspended, since revelation of the torture claims in court may prejudice proceedings against the officers.