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Sgt Smellie is due before magistrates in November

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    A police officer is to be charged with assaulting a protester at the G20 demonstrations in London, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.
    Demonstrators posted Youtube footage of a police officer appearing to strike Brighton woman Nicola Fisher.
    Ms Fisher, 35, was one of two women to complain about the conduct in April of Sgt Delroy (Tony) Smellie.
    Prosecutors say there is insufficient evidence to charge the officer in relation to the second allegation.
    In a statement, a CPS spokesman said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge Police Sergeant Delroy (Tony) Smellie with the offence of assault by beating of Nicola Fisher on 2 April 2009 at a demonstration in the City of London."
    The CPS reviewed evidence provided by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) - the police watchdog - which investigated Ms Fisher's allegation.
    The incident happened on the second day of the G20 protests. More at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8279001.stm