HC Deb 27 July 1937 vol 326 cc2847-8
42. Mr. Mathers

asked the Lord Advocate whether he has considered the charges made against members of the Edinburgh City Police Force alleging unnecessary violence during and after the arrest of Mr. Fred Douglas on 20th June, whereby he was rendered unconscious and had to be treated for some days in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary; and what action he proposes to take?

The Lord Advocate (Mr. T. M. Cooper)

Yes, Sir. This matter was fully investigated on my instructions, and the information before me does not indicate that the police used more force than was reasonable and necessary to overcome violent resistance to arrest. The trial of Douglas and of certain other persons on charges arising out of this disturbance is at present in progress, and I am, therefore, unable to say more at the moment.

Mr. Mathers

In view of what the right hon. and learned Gentleman says, will it still be possible for eye-witnesses of the police handling of this man to make representations, and to whom should they make representations, and will they be protected by the right hon. and learned Gentleman in any way?

The Lord Advocate

Certainly, any representations addressed to the Procurator-Fiscal on the subject will be considered by him and by me, but I have no reason to suppose that any person making such representations will require protection.

Mr. H. G. Williams

Can my right hon. Friend indicate what is the complexion of this disgraceful local authority?

Following is the statement:

Mr. Gallacher

Has the Lord Advocate made any inquiries into the allegations regarding maltreatment in the prison itself, and is he aware that I myself have had experience of pretty rough treatment from the police in Edinburgh?

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