Shocking police video
A horrific video showing teenager, Anthony Green being
run over by an unmarked police car has been released
for the first time since the incident in 1999.
The shocking footage, recorded from a police helicopter,
shows Anthony cycling down Catherine Road pursued
by two plain-clothes police officers.
Anthony was unaware that they were police officers,
who were carrying out surveillance on a property in
Catherine Road, and when they told him to stop he had
sped away on his bicycle. The video shows that one
detective pursued him on foot then the second detective,
DS Lawrence, joined the chase in his unmarked police
In an attempt to shake-off his pursuers, Anthony
turned left on to Bressingham Street. As he turned,
he was knocked from his bike but he continued to
run on foot. The car then swerved around the corner
and ran over him. Anthony suffered a shattered thigh
and other severe injuries. He was taken to hospital
where, despite his injuries, the police insisted on
strip-searching him. Nothing was found.
Lawrence was allowed to plead guilty to a minor motoring
offence in March 2000, which meant that Anthony
could not give evidence against him, and that the video
was not shown to the Magistrates. Lawrence was never
disciplined, despite representations from Anthony’s
solicitor to the Police Complaints Authority (PCA);
he was later promoted to sergeant and is still on active
Anthony’s solicitor, Peter Mahy, said: “We
have been acting for Mr Green in this case since 1999
and have known that video footage of the incident was
in existence, and yet it has taken over six years for
this vital evidence to be released to the public”.
The solicitors feel Anthony’s human rights
have been contravened on the grounds that the PCA Investigation
was unsatisfactory: it was not sufficiently independent,
only limited attempts had been made to contact witnesses,
there was no arena for the community to express their
concern and there was no attempt to inquire into whether
the police actions were racially motivated.
Mr Mahy now hopes for a fresh enquiry into why an
innocent person was run over and vital evidence withheld.
He said, “Now that this horrific video footage
is in the public domain we believe that this whole
case should be reviewed and re-opened. We call upon
the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
to take a fresh look at the case and the Home Secretary
to order an independent inquiry. Given the video evidence,
how can Mr Green or the public ever feel that justice
has been done?”
Anthony viewed the video in 1999, and said afterwards: “It
looks like the officers were trying to kill me”.
The Messenger has also seen it, and it is difficult
to disagree. Yet one witness had been told by West
Yorkshire Police officers conducting the investigation
on behalf of the PCA, that the video evidence was ‘inconclusive’.
We have supported Anthony’s quest for justice
since our first issue, in July 1999, when we reported
the campaign on our front page. This matter is of deep
concern to the community and we urge the IPCC to look
at the case again and support the demand for an independent