London Lite Friday, 26 June 2009 11 met officers werent prepared for massive protests Copsface255 racismclaims A pArliAmentAry inquiry into polic- ing of the G20 protests has found that officers had inadequate preparation. A report by the Home Affairs commit- tee next week will call on the metropolitan police to review its kettle tactic of containing crowds in small areas for hours. the senior mps believe Scotland yard was lucky not to have presided over a much greater tragedy. As it is, the forces reputation was severely tarnished by more than 200 allegations of brutality, many backed up by video footage. particularly damaging were amateur videos apparently showing protesters being pushed or hit, including an officer hitting a woman across the face. it is also claimed that officers did not have enough experience or training to cope with the mass demonstrations, combined with fears of a terrorist attack during the biggest gathering of world leaders in london for 50 years. the report will also lambast police leaders for allowing officers to go on duty with identifying numbers concealed or removed. Senior officers must take responsibility for ensuring rules are followed, says the report. it is the first major review of the protest, and comes ahead of an interim report by Denis OConnor, Hm Chief inspector of Constabulary, into police tactics and the death of newspaper seller ian tomlinson, who was pushed to the ground by an officer shortly before he collapsed and died. A TOTAL of 255 Met officers are facing accusations of racism, new figures reveal. Some 238 complaints were submitted by the public and 17 involve internal allegations. The figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the unit which received the highest number of allegations is the Mets Central Operations group, with 30 claims. The unit includes the Territorial Support Group. Officers from Hackney recorded the highest number of any borough with 18 claims. In the past five years eight Met officers were dismissed for racist behaviour and 54 disciplined. The force said the complaints had not yet been proven. by GeorGina littlejohn Jokebox......... DvD releases 1 The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (12) 2 Hes Just Not That Into You (12) 3 Slumdog Millionaire (15) 4 Valkyrie (12) 5 The Reader (15) 6 Bolt (PG) 7 Seven Pounds (12) 8 The Wrestler (15) 9 Defiance (15) 10Frost/Nixon (15) Source: vicky cristina barcelona Woody Allens latest is a witty and entertaining tale of two American pals spending a summer in Barcelona. Penlope Cruz and Javier Bardem add some fiery latino passion. With scarlett Johansson. (optimum, 17.99, cert 12) PoSt yoUr ibloG reVieWS at TOP 10 RENTALDVDs sound&Lite franklyn RyAn PhiliPPe and eva Green star in this visually arresting mystery that merges modern-day london with a strange and futuristic parallel world. Mind-boggling but compelling stuff to keep you watching. (e1, 15.99, cert 15) notorious BioPiC of rapper Biggie smalls, tracking his turbulent life from dealing in drugs and going to prison to the huge commercial success and gangland feuding that eventually led up to his untimely death. (Fox, 19.99, cert 15) To order any DVD reviewed, please call London Lite DVD service on 01634 832789. All prices include P&P. the unborn distuRBinG but ultimately silly horror thriller about a woman who is plagued by bad dreams, menaced by children and apparently haunted by the spirit of her unborn dead twin. With Gary oldman and idris elba. (universal, 19.99, cert 15) paUL JosepH G20 policing is condemned by mps inquiry Cover-up: G20 officer keeps his ID number hidden index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html