IamA 2010 Student Protester who was tried in the Old Bailey and we just settled a claim with the Met Police for £50,000 - AMA!
Hi, I'm Chris Hilliard, one of the two protesters that just settled with the Met Police for their actions during and following the 9th of December 2010 student protest outside Parliament.
We were spoken about by David Cameron, tried in the Old Bailey, had a second trial in Kingston Crown Court where we were finally found Not Guilty after jury deliberations of one and a half hours, and have spent over two years fighting the Met Police with our civil claim for:
- Malicious Prosecution
- Wrongful arrest
- Assault and Battery
I've now taken up a law degree, and have been involved in the fight to defend legal aid, organising protests in Manchester.
I've been a redditor for a number of years, but made this account for obvious reasons!
Edit - I'm off to bed for a few hours, but will continue to answer any questions in the morning!
Edit 2 - it seems like this has died off, and there haven't been any questions for a few hours, so I'm going to call it a day! Thanks for the great questions everyone!