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Organiser of a protest in support of BLM drops legal action against the Met for discrimination

A PROTEST organiser has dropped legal action against the Met Police after the force rule out investigating him over a Black Lives Matter march tomorrow.

Ken Hinds, who advises the Met on stop and search and the use of force, said the peaceful Million People March will go ahead as planned.

He had originally sought legal action and accused the Met of discrimination after it threatened him with arrest for organising the march.

Mr Hinds has since been told by police lawyers that “there is no current intention to investigate or arrest” him for “encouraging the unlawful participation in a gathering.”

The lawyers’ letter claimed, however, that “in the current pandemic it is ill-advised to arrange an event that is intended to attract thousands of people into central London, and that there are concerns about whether controls at such an event can be effectively enforced by the organiser.”

The Met is yet to confirm whether it will facilitate the march, which is expected to draw crowds of up to 20,000 to central London.

Mr Hinds said he was relieved that any investigation against him had effectively been dropped. He said he was hoping to further discuss with police how to manage the march in a safe and effective way.

“Peace is the focus, we want to show the world that we can be self-disciplined and we can keep our emotions in check,” he said. 

Organisers had served police with a full risk assessment — including how they will manage social distancing and track-and-trace obligations — last month, Mr Hinds added.

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