James Farrar, 51, used “unlawful force” when using a loud-hailer near the heads of Sgt James Lewis and PC Ann Spinks while leadinga demonstration against a decisionto levy the congestioncharge on March 4 last year.
The alleged assault occurredwhen police tried to clear protesting Uber drivers away from flat-bed trucks they had brought in to clear away their parked minicabs, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Farrar, the chair of the privatehire branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain, which mainly represents precarious workers in the gig economy, wanted his members to be able to driveonto the square.
However, police were under orders to separatethe demonstratorsfrom their vehicles as they were blocking the roads and there were concerns that trucks could be left unattended.
The prosecution argued that amid “pushing and shoving” Farrar, a former Uber driver, had used the megaphone close to the left ear of both officers in a manner that was “reckless” and “caused them injury, albeit slight and transient”.
Jurors heard how Sgt Lewis had a pre-existing infection which was temporarily made worse by the “sharp pain” of the megaphone.
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