4 AUGUST 1866, Page 3

We publish to-day the only trustworthy account we have yet

-seen of the brutalities so freely attributed to the police in the Hyde-Park riots. The Force, on their side, have published a tatatement showing that upwards of 250 policemen were hurt in the riots, among whom, says the reporter,-with a sort of sacred horror, was Sir Richard Mayne himself. It is difficult to find three men present on the spot of whom one will not assert that the mob ought to have been cleared away by artillery, the second that the police were brutes, and the third that nothing deserving notice occurred in the Park. We believe the truth to be the same on both sides—that the mob was composed of reformers and roughs, of whom one set protected the flowers and another bonneted every- body within reach ; and that the police displayed two characters, one section of them being utter ruffians, who hit hardest when least opposed, and the other disciplined men, who took stones, and rubble, and wounds as part of the day's work. On the whole, as the people could keep away and the police could not, the police had the worst of it.