Keeping up appearances

April 15th, 2009 § 7 comments

The BBC has got the vid of the copper showing how, according to some, a woman should be treated. But once again there is a little bit of caution thrown in. Y’know, just in case…

The footage shows the woman swearing at a police officer who then appears to hit her in the face before apparently striking her on the leg with his baton.

The woman is swearing at the copper, but he only appears to slap her with the back of his hand, whilst wearing leather gloves that wouldn’t look out of place on a biker, and then he strikes her on the leg, apparently.

If we’re going down that sort of path, then surely, the woman only looks like she is swearing at the Filth.

But then, the girl probably hasn’t got institutions the size of the Met and the IPCC to defend her honour, has she?

The officer, a sergeant, it would appear, has been suspended.
David Howarth (LbDem justice spokesman)…

“The fact that this video shows another example of an officer with his number obscured assaulting a member of the public indicates that there is a systematic problem here, not just a series of individual acts of misconduct.

“The question is on my mind whether the police are using a some kind of ‘designated hitter’ system.”

Link via Rwendland in the comments on Bloggerheads.

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§ 7 Responses to Keeping up appearances"

  • I think he was also Northern, so clearly all Northern people should be shot.

    • Sim-O says:

      I don’t get it, I think I’ve missed your point.
      Besides shooting is a bit strong. How about slightly irritated?

      The post is about the fact that the copper clearly gives the girl a slap and hits here legs with his baton.

      She is clearly getting shouting at the officer, what she is saying, I don’t know, but I’m not making out she was praising his chooice of footwear.

      The BBC chooses to preface the policemans actions with ‘appears’ and ‘apparently’. No different to the use of ‘allegedly’.

      Yet the woman, whos’ activity is the most ambigious, is definately swearing at the copper.

  • He’s in the wrong alright, I’m just drawing the analogy that mnay are using this as an excuse to destroy the police, that’s all.

    I think he’s from Leeds but I could be wrong.

  • ellie says:

    No, she doesn’t have those institutions behind her, but she’s gotten one helluva publicist (same one as the chick who hooked up – allegedly – with Mr. Beckham in Madrid). I’m highly skeptical of both sides.

    • Sim-O says:

      Is there anything to be skeptical about? The girl has seen an opportunity that might make her some money.

      Would I do it? I like to think not but then, if someone waved a load of money under my nose it would be tempting.

      Although people will be disappointed with her for whatever their reasons, it’s a bit different to selling your kiss & tell story or a stuff about your mate that’s suddenly got famous.

  • ellie says:

    I suppose I’ve made assumptions re: what she was doing there in the first place (demonstrating against the evils of The Man and Money and Gold and the Developed World). There seems to be a hypocrisy in there somewhere, which would be off-putting. My assumptions are just that – impressions made from a fleeting glimpse at a photo. She could be a doll. She could be just like me. Or she could be a hypocrite.

    But more to the point of your post … yes, the language the BBC uses is interesting in it’s inconsistency. (or biased consistency?!)

    • Sim-O says:

      the girl probably hasn’t got institutions the size of the Met and the IPCC to defend her honour, has she?

      Although she does now have The Mighty Max Clifford behind her.

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