Isn’t it curious that, days after making a big song and dance about police suffering broken bones and a punctured lung at the Bristol riot (that they may have caused), the claims were retracted days later?
Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Andy Marsh admitted in a press conference that no officer of his had suffered a punctured lung.
And the force’s publicity department admitted that neither of the officers taken to hospital actually turned out to have broken bones.
The damage had been done, though – the public outraged at this apparent thuggery by people who had congregated in Bristol to protest against police mistreatment of women.
How will the police take back this:
Make this video trend. How is this lawful use of police powers in any circumstance? The only ones inciting violence and hypocrisy are the police – a fascist pawn of the govt to keep society in line with only one group’s values – the Tories. #KilltheBill #PritiPatel #PritiUseless pic.twitter.com/cmZyLYcGMG
— Chloe (@chloeglinn) March 26, 2021
Blessed be the fruit. https://t.co/6MLVBsw5z5
— Helen (@Harryb22) March 27, 2021
Police assaulted me at the Bristol protest even though I told them I was from the press. I was respectfully observing what was happening and posed no threat to any of the officers. I have muted the latter part of the video to spare you all the pain of hearing my shrill voice. pic.twitter.com/a7a0Nnw0bG
— Matthew Dresch (@MatthewDresch) March 27, 2021
Or – especially – this?
Police officer punches woman square in the face in Bristol pic.twitter.com/uiglUlBNQH
— Michael East (@MichaelEast1983) March 27, 2021
And, having consideration of all the above, shouldn’t Lord Ian Austin reconsider his position in public life, hand back his peerage, and go home to spend more time with his prejudices?
Just look at the state of this:
Here’s @LordIanAustin, the former Labour MP ennobled by the Tories, saying he hopes police “didn’t damage their shields and batons” using them on protesters in Bristol this week. https://t.co/9fDZiXbNjS pic.twitter.com/RokYgeRnXh
— Damien Gayle (@damiengayle) March 28, 2021
Austin, formerly a Labour MP, was ennobled by Boris Johnson to sit as a non-affiliated peer after he quit the party as led by Jeremy Corbyn, claiming that it had a “culture of extremism, anti-Semitism and intolerance”.
Strange. He seems to be both extreme and intolerant. If Labour under Corbyn really had been like that, he should have fitted right in.
Current evidence shows the police inflicting extreme violence on people – many of whom were sitting down and/or offering no resistance, while suffering very few injuries themselves (and how many were self-inflicted or accidental?).
Austin has indicated that he supports this brand of extreme violent activity against people who are defenceless.
That is unacceptable in a public representative.
Ah, but we live in an unaccountable dictatorship, don’t we? He’ll ignore all his critics and continue with his offensive ways.