This is what happens when you dehumanise people.
You give others an excuse to abuse them and, ultimately, expose them to danger.
That is what happened to homeless Michael Cash, who was sleeping rough in Middlesbrough.
He was captured on a video posted to Facebook, being spray-painted red by a thug. The video was taken by Aaron Jones (pictured above) – although he has denied carrying out the spray attack.
On the soundtrack, a man’s voice could be heard saying, “this is how we deal with the beggars on the street,” and claiming, “he’s not even a beggar”.
Days later, Mr Cash was found dead in a graveyard.
Read about the incident here.
Mr Jones has admitted taking the video but denied responsibility for the death. He said all he was doing was highlighting the problem of people sitting outside supermarkets.
People sit outside supermarkets all the time. Would he and his presumed accomplice have spray-painted a shopper and recorded that? No.
Mr Jones has also requested police protection.
There is no way he should receive any consideration from the authorities at all.
He may not have been involved in the death of Mr Cash, but his actions in recording an attack on the homeless man (he can even be heard saying, “There he is, sprayed to death”) may certainly have encouraged somebody else to have committed the crime.
He made it seem acceptable to treat people who sleep rough as less than human – deserving none of the respect that should be accorded to every human being – and therefore made it seem acceptable to abuse this man, possibly to the point of death.
If so, then when the perpetrator is brought to justice, Mr Jones should stand trial alongside that person, as an accessory.
People are people. Wealthy, poor, working, unemployed, homeless or whatever – they all deserve the respect we would wish others to give us.
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This specimen that can loosely be called a human being could be arrested and charged. He could be arrested and charged with assault, committing a public order offence under sections 4A and 5, and has also breached Mr Cash’s human rights under Article 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Will the police arrest him? Probably not.
I was going to say that, at the very least, he should be charged as an accessory to assault. Police protection(!)
Aaron Jones sounds like a cowardly little ponce who should face criminal charges.
The brain-washed ‘sheeple’ respond to ‘their master’s voice’ in ugly but predictable fashion!
How appalling and tragic. This is what the nasty divisive Tory policies bring.