Following yesterday’s story of Police being accused of using heavy-handed tactics against yellow vests protesting in London, a British
writer & barrister has defended the 13-year-old girl who was arrested by police after video footage came to light on social media of the moment leading up to the incident.
In a video first posted to Instagram and later Facebook &
The girl arrested was 13 year old Emily Rice, she is the brother of Harry Sales Rice who was murdered in a hit and run at the start of last year. Emma and her mother (Nicola) have been steadfast campaigners within Fighting For Justice to get Justice for what many argue was a haphazard investigation by the Metropolitan Police and The CPS.
The campaign feels that the possibility of this being a terror attack hasn’t been properly investigated and they are sickened by the soft sentence the perpetrator received.
During the video, Mr. Bardill takes us step by step through the moment the girl was arrested and tells us that he does not believe the girl’s actions constitute an assault.
He explains how the burden of proof will lay with the police officers to prove that the girl did indeed break the law.
He also explained how the girl could not have been arrested for resisting arrest as the police officer did not attempt to arrest her when she had a slight struggle with the officer but after the incident had occurred.
He concluded his video reinforcing his point that no assault was committed: “It is not possible to argue that she assaulted him by pulling away. That is the opposite of an assault.”
Unity News Network contacted Mr. Bardill after seeing the video on social media we asked what had promoted him to speak out on the pressing issue, he said:
“I am a passionate advocate for free speech, liberty, and public awareness and hope to develop a specialism in Criminal Law and in particular Miscarriages of Justice.
One of the reasons I wanted to become a Barrister was that I wanted to use my skills to fight for justice and help defend freedoms and liberties. In my
I merely give my opinion on what I can see, and there may be myriad people, including lawyers, who won’t agree. Nevertheless, where I see an unjust obstruction of someone’s freedom or liberty, particularly so disproportionately, it is my moral duty, as it is any legally trained person, to speak out about what I think, try to educate the public, and to create a debate by which we can all learn and become aware of what the state can or cannot do to us. To me, this is a moral obligation and not just something I find extremely interesting from an academic or professional perspective. If the state is not held to account or video , then their power becomes too overbearing over the individual. It is up to the public to inform themselves in order to do that, and it is up to lawyers, to instigate and lead that debate.” scrutinised
The Metropolitan police yesterday confirmed that four people had been arrested including a 13-year-old girl on “suspicion of assault on police.”
The young girl has since been released however remains ‘under investigation’ by police.
FOUR ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOLLOWING PROTESTS ON WESTMINSTER BRIDGE, SW1 AT APPROXIMATELY 11AM TODAY.
THREE MEN WERE ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF PUBLIC ORDER OFFENCES.
A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL WAS ALSO ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ASSAULT ON POLICE.
A METROPOLITAN POLICE SPOKESMAN