Pc in dock on racism charge

The trial of a police officer charged with racially abusing a man during last summer's London riots has started at Southwark Crown Court.

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Demetrio alleges attempt to strangle him in police van

Mauro Demetrio told the jury he was arrested after an officer told him he could smell cannabis and that he was driving in a suspicious manner. He alleges that once in the van a fat officer sat on him and that an attempt was made to strangle him.

The court heard a doctor found bruise marks around his neck when he examined Mr Demetrio at the police station.

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