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Get whitey: the monstering of Eric Bellquist

by | 11th, August 2017

Innocent Eric Bellquist denies being the jogger who allegedly shoved a woman into the path of a London bus. Bellquist “categorically denies” he was involved. Presumption of innocence matters. But the media has been engaging in a voracious feeding frenzy, monstering Mr Bellquist.

The BBC says: “Eric Bellquist, 41 , was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm”.

The Standard adds: “Eric Bellquist, 50 , was detained by detectives on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He was questioned at a south London police station and later released without being charged.”

 

 

As the papers argue over his Bellquist’s age – he’s 41 – we see footage from CCTV cameras showing a bus on Putney Bridge swerving to avoid a 33-year-old woman’s head. The BBC claims she “was pushed into the path of an oncoming bus by a jogger”. Investigating officer Sergeant Mat Knowles says: “It was only due to the superb quick reactions of the bus driver that she was not hit by the vehicle.” True enough.

Meanwhile, lawyers acting on behalf of Mr Bellquist make the following statement:

“This statement is issued in relation to our client Mr Eric Bellquist, who was arrested yesterday in relation to an assault that took place between a male jogger and a female pedestrian on the 5th May 2017 on Putney Bridge, London.

“Our client has been wrongly implicated in this matter. He categorically denies being the individual concerned and has irrefutable proof that he was in the United States at the time of the incident. Consequently, we expect a swift resolution to this wholly untrue allegation.

But who is he?

CBS says: U.S. man denies he’s jogger who pushed woman into traffic.” Over in the Sun , Bellquist is not longer just a man, he is a wealthy American banker “. The Standard bills him as a partner at Mayfair private equity firm “. To the Guardian he is a Partner at private equity firm “.

 

 

Does the man’s job matter? What’s his bank balance got to do

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