Police officer accused of giving student protester brain injury cleared of misconduct
Thursday, 12 December 2019 A police officer accused of leaving a student protester with a brain injury after hitting him in the head with a baton has been cleared of misconduct. Mark Alston had denied striking Alfie Meadows during a demonstration against government plans to triple tuition fees in 2010. Mr Meadows, then 20, needed emergency brain surgery after being injured while in the police "kettle" in London. A three-person disciplinary panel concluded that Mr Meadows had been struck in the head by a police baton, but that it was wielded by an unidentified Metropolitan Police officer and not DC Alston.