Witness to an Arrest or Police Violence?

Please write a witness statement as soon as possible after the event.

If you’re a witness to something that’s happening right now, please stop reading this page and give us a call right away on 07946541511.

If you have seen

  • an arrest
  • an injury
  • police brutality
  • abuse of police powers

you may be a useful witness if a criminal or civil case goes ahead. You can check out our Witness Appeal page for our current call-outs, but please do send us your statement even if what you saw happened at a different action.

Please include as many details as you can remember, at least the following:

  • Who was involved
  • When it happened
  • Where it happened
  • Where you were standing in relation to the incident
  • What happened, in full

Sign and date the statement once you’ve finished.

You can use our template to write your witness statement, either in a text editor or print it out and write it by hand:

Please send your witness statement to us, but be aware that having sent in a witness statement does not automatically mean you will end up being a witness in court. The incident you have witnessed may not end in a court case or there may be other witnesses who have seen more than you. But please do send in your statement anyway!

Key Messages

  • No Comment
  • You do not need to answer police questions, so don’t.
  • No Personal Details
  • You don't have to give details under ANY stop and search power.
  • No Duty Solicitor
  • Use a recommended solicitor with protest experience.
  • No Caution
  • They admit guilt for an alleged offence that might never get to court.
  • What Power?
  • Ask "What power?" to challenge a police officer to act lawfully.

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