More police brutality caught on camera

During last week's student protests against the rise in university fees, a young man by the name of Jody McIntyre, who suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was caught on video being attacked by the police.

Not only did the police hit him across the shoulder with a baton, they twice forcibly removed him from his wheelchair and dragged him across the road before dumping him on the floor. The second attack was caught on camera, and has caused uproar amongst those who see the "riots" that the media has concentrated so much on as a direct consequence of the police's provocative actions.

Not a protest in London goes by lately without some kind of police brutality being caught on camera. Who can forget the death of Ian Tomlinson at last year's G20, or Sergeant Smellie slapping and batoning Nicola Fisher at the memorial protest in honour of his death the next day - which was also filmed by a bystander. Don't the police realise that in this day and age of cheap recording equipment, the protester's biggest weapon is their mobile phone?

At the latest protest we have the tragic case of Alfie Meadows who almost died and had to undergo intensive brain surgery after he was hit on the head with a baton by another policeman, while trying to leave an area that had been kettled by the police. It is worth noting that at the time, Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry went on record stating that police were allowing peaceful protestors to exit the square.

And now we have a disgraceful instance of cops attacking one of the vulnerable people they are supposed to protect. Worse, the protestors are then blamed for any subsequent disorder. How do they expect people to react when they are kettled, battered, made witnesses to assaults on women, legal minors and people with disabilities? Do they expect people to wait in line for their own punishment, or is it conceivable that some of them might get a little bit angry?

No wonder many people believe that the police intentionally carry out these types of attacks on protesters, in order to provoke a response which they can then use to justify even more force.

I had the immense joy of watching the victim of the most recent attack, Jody McIntyre, being interviewed on the BBC news channel earlier tonight. The interviewer Ben Brown was trying his best to justify the police's actions, but was taken to task by Jody in a brilliant way. It made the BBC look shameful for their attempt to legitimise his assault.

Ben Brown: There was a suggestion that you were rolling towards the police in your wheelchair
Jody McIntyre: I think to justify a police officer pulling a disabled person out of a wheelchair and dragging them across a concrete road is quite ridiculous and I'm surprised that you tried to do so.

It is ridiculous, and the BBC should be ashamed of their attempts to justify this appalling police behaviour - even if we have come to expect it. No longer can we call these incidents isolated or the result of a few bad apples, as Jody says himself in the interview: "This is the police's role at demonstrations - to provoke and incite violence." It seems that they are doing their job very well.

You can watch the BBC interview with Jody McIntyre here:

By DarkPolitricks




Re: More police brutality caught on camera
Posted by Anonymous (94.23.xx.xx) on Tue 14 Dec 2010 at 01:12
Women can't defend themselves? Ouch.
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Re: More police brutality caught on camera
Posted by Helen (80.176.xx.xx) on Tue 14 Dec 2010 at 01:18 [ Send Message | View Helen's Scratchpad | View Weblogs ]
I did edit the following sentence to try and reduce that implication before posting this submission, but clearly not enough. I'd rather articles posted to this site didn't include sexist sentiments, so I've removed the relevant clause - thanks for the comment.

Re: More police brutality caught on camera
Posted by DarkPolitricks (62.253.xx.xx) on Tue 14 Dec 2010 at 16:30 [ Send Message ]
Sorry, I didn't mean to imply in my article that women cannot defend themselves as I know from experience they are just as able as men. What I was trying to imply was that to a group of men who are already being harassed by the police to then see acts of brutality carried out on women or the disabled is going to rouse their blood even more. Call me old fashioned if you like but I'm pretty used to seeing men fighting other men (even women on women) but when I and many others see men, especially those supposedly in "authority" like policemen, hitting women it's just not on.

Re: More police brutality caught on camera
Posted by Anonymous (94.23.xx.xx) on Tue 14 Dec 2010 at 16:51
(I'm the OP.) As far as I'm concerned, that's fair enough. Apologies for merely posting a glib criticism, for what it's worth, what I left out is that that was an unfortunate implication in the middle of an otherwise great post. Thanks :)

Re: More police brutality caught on camera
Posted by Anonymous (89.101.xx.xx) on Wed 15 Dec 2010 at 15:47
SHAME ON THE BBC for being spineless puppets of the machine
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Re: More police brutality caught on camera
Posted by Anonymous (86.152.xx.xx) on Sun 19 Dec 2010 at 00:11
At 50 seconds into the video two PC's, one in a yellow jacket and one without drag a third PC back to the police line. The third PC appears to be uninjured and resembles the one who appeared to manhandle the wheelchair occupant. I have 25 years of public order policing experience. This looks like a case of "red mist" where a PC is prevented by his companions from continuing what they percieve to be unlawful actions. The technique for extracting an injured PC is different.
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Leaving the scene of the crime...
Posted by denny (94.194.xx.xx) on Wed 22 Dec 2010 at 23:34 [ Send Message | View Weblogs ]

Thanks for this comment - that was very much the impression I'd got from that part of the video, interesting to see it confirmed. There was a similar 'extraction' in one of the videos of the horse charge on Victoria Street which had very much the same feel to it.

Re: More police brutality caught on camera
Posted by Anonymous (86.16.xx.xx) on Tue 15 Mar 2011 at 04:58
Sadly this is the state of the BBC these days. I wonder if it would be better off being sold off...
oh yeah, a revolutionary...for posting some comments online. I wonder how many people are in their little (large) black book. welcome to the world of PRE-CRIME...tom cruise you asshole for giving them the idea.

I can only imagine whats going to happen on the 26th...

P.S. - protests all over europe and america that week. Should be interesting to see the critical mass. anyone know of rough number for this gig?
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