To my delight footage has been found of an officer from the metropolitan police dragging a disabled protester from his wheelchair and across the road during the demonstrations last Thursday.
Jody McIntyre said he was twice pulled out of his chair by the same officer whist taking part in the protests. He had asked for witnesses to come forward as a result of which this video footage came to light.
It shows an officer pulling Jody from his wheelchair and dragging him across the street. The policeman has to be pulled away by a fellow officer.
Jody has been collecting statements from witnesses and even has the badge number of the offending policeman. He intends taking legal action and will be complaining to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Jody quite rightly believes that he has the same rights as anyone else to protest. He has a brother of 16 who will not now be able to go to university because of the charges.
I’ve elsewhere made a spirited defence of the protesters, excusing some of their rather dubious actions because of the spirit that overcomes a crowd in such circumstances. The adrenalin, the feelings of togetherness, and of shared intent can take over a crowd, and make people do things that afterwards they may feel ashamed of and regret.
Now, I’m sure that the police, just like troops, are affected by the same phenomenon, the same feeling of 'the total being greater than the sum of the parts’, but the police are professionals, whereas the students are not. We pay policemen generous salaries and train them to deal with these situations. Part of that training will surely be how to control your emotions at work. I don't pretent that it's easy, but who said that life wold be easy.
I don’t know what kind of a person it takes to drag a wheelchair bound lad across the road and away from his chair. I’m not sure that it is any kind of “person” at all. But I hope that just for once, just this one time, we manage to nail this sub human “espèce de putain” and drum him out of the police.
The video is from Youtube, and it is towards the end of it that you will see this event. There is, not unreasonably, some swearing in the clip, so don't watch if this offends you.