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Jody McIntyre Is Not Andy From Little Britain – He’s An Aggressive Victim Of Police Brutality

by | 24th, August 2011

THE police used excessive force when they roughed up disabled Jody McIntyre at the student protest on December 9 2010. He was pulled from his wheelchair by police.

Anorak readers last saw McIntrye calling for an Arab Spring in the UK. We see him again on the receiving end of violence.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says the Metropolitan police should apologise to McIntyre. The Met had orignally said they had nothing to apologise for. But whatever happens, no-one will be charged with any crime. You see, the six-month legal deadline has expired. The IPCC says the apologising copper is subject to “management action“.

McIntyre as also hit with a baton. The IPCC says on that:

“The evidence indicates that he [McIntyre] was harmed due to a level of force that the police had not needed to use on him.”

McIntyre says:

“I hope in the eyes of the public he doesn’t evade justice. Clearly, justice is something we need.”

Adding:

“Why are the Metropolitan police allowed to investigate themselves? If their investigation has been so lacking in this instance, which it clearly was, then I think we have to think about other cases … My case is not an isolated case.”

He’s right.

But others will be less sympathetic if McIntrye is be the champion for equality. Take Richard Littlejohn, who told Mail readers:

Jody McIntyre is like Andy from Little Britain.

McIntyre is a cerebral palsy sufferer, Litltejohn is, allegedly, the popular voice of sanity.

Talking to Ben Brown on the BBC, Macintrye said he did not look like a threat. Brown did his argument few favours by uttering the line:

“There’s a suggestion that you were rolling in the direction of the police.”

Had only the police stood on top of a slope.

McIntyre is no benign presence. He was removed from a role as a blogger at the Independent for calling on Britishers to “rise up” to “beat the feds“.  He also supported an uprising here.

McIntyre also supports the Palestinians:

So now, just as the Zapatistas said in southern Mexico, the people of Iraq say, the people of Palestine say, the people of Afghanistan say… Ya Basta! Enough is enough! Enough is enough!

You may recall the name Leon Klinghoffer. He was shot by the PLF and pushed off the Achille Lauro. He was in a wheelchair. The wheelchair went over the side, too.

This is what he said at the demo whe he was assaulted:

As we parked up, and began walking back down the Strand, we saw a crowd emerging from Aldwych; around 2000 students had set off from LSE. However, they were only marching down one side of the road, and we were in a militant mood. Me and Finlay crossed over, into the oncoming traffic, and within seconds the whole crowd had followed. It was an endless sea of people, but unfortunately, they had been corralled by police and NUS stewards into one lane of the dual carriageway. Me and Finlay immediately set to work, tearing down the metal barriers which separated the two lanes. Oncoming traffic drivers looked on in wonder.

The people with the music system must have had the same thought. All of a sudden, the bicycle burst out of the crowd, rushing through the pair of armed police guarding the private road of the Treasury. A group of 200 followed, including me in my wheelchair, and Finlay pushing at full speed. A dubstep tune came on, and the chanting began; “Fuck Cameron! Fuck Cameron! Fuck Cameron! Fuck Cameron!” …

The building was occupied on the day the Browne Review was released, so here the police were ready for us. We flooded into the courtyard, but the riot cops were called within minutes. As batons began to swing, me and Finlay stood our ground on the front line…

In front of us, a huge glass building towered; it was the Conservative Party’s Headquarters, and it was under attack. The crowd was so tightly packed that even with the wheelchair, it was a huge effort to force our way through. Around half way we gave up. The crowd was swaying. “They’re smashing the windows…”

Me and Finlay looked at each other. We knew that we had to make it to the front. Kareem started pushing the wheelchair again, and Finlay cleared a path in front of us.

It wasn’t long before the next surge came. A Mexican wave of bodies. I fell out of my wheelchair and pushed through two cops. Finlay stood behind me, the wheelchair still in his hands.

Scores of demonstrators followed. Finlay came running in with the wheelchair a couple of minutes later. Victorious chants rang in the air; “Tory scum! Tory scum!” “When they say cut back, we say fight back!”

But then, the chants changed… “To the stairs! To the stairs!” Two policemen blocking a tiny door were soon brushed aside, and around fifty of us forced our way through before they had a chance to re-seal the entrance.

It was an epic mission to the top. Nine floors; eighteen flights of stairs. Two friends carried my wheelchair, and I walked. We couldn’t give up now.

When we finally made it to the roof, a feeling of calm descended. I looked over the edge; thousands of students, three massive bonfires and masses of passion still occupied the courtyard. The Tory’s HQ was on it’s last legs. And we were on the roof.

This is only the start.

Still, the police have stuffed up again. You just know that McIntrye will do his best to make them pay…

 



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