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Anti-monarchy protester suing Met chief over coronation day arrest

  • Graham Smith, a republican protester who was detained at King Charles' Coronation, is taking legal action against the Metropolitan Police. He claims there was no justification for his arrest and wants an apology, admission of unlawful arrests, and damages. The case tests the police powers granted last year.
  • Smith and five other demonstrators were arrested on suspicion of going equipped to 'lock on' during the protest. They had luggage straps to secure their placards. Smith had discussions with senior police officers prior to the demonstration.
  • The new legislation that came into effect days before the event created new offenses of locking on or going equipped to lock on. The Metropolitan Police confirmed awareness of the legal action but declined to comment further. Home Office declined to comment as well.
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