Thursday, 16 April 2009

They had their hands up chanting this is not a riot




Taken it its totality the footage assembled by the Guardian it looks like the Police have been hyped up by their training against 'the summer of rage' (coined by the Police, nobody else)and were itching for a fight. Ski masks, deliberate hiding of badge numbers etc shows a certain amount of premeditation.

Nobody was going to spoil Gordon's day in the Sun at the G20

UPDATE: "We're the Police and we'd like all of the Press and their cameras to go away. Or we will arrest you all. Got it?"

23 comments:

Shirking from Home said...

Great cartoon.

Goodnight Vienna said...

True. Supt Hartshorn was quoted in the press as saying they were 'up for it'; they really did all the hype themselves. I hope something comes from this 'review' and they re-think kettling which is a stupid and provocative containment policy.

Anonymous said...

Watching TV last night, had a Met Police Trainer on to comment. 'Depends on the level of antagonism the offcier had to undergo'.

Oh, so what your saying is that a 6ft+ oopper, built like a brick outhouse, armed to the teeth is unable to take a bit of flak from a 5ft female without giving her a good hiding.

If I did that in civvy street, I'd be up against a wall and shot before dawn. And rightly so.

Absolute cunts, the lot of them.

Anonymous said...

Someone said the next protest should not just happen in London but outside their own MP's houses. Sounds like a good idea because most of the police will be away in London and more people are likely to turn up if it's local.

Anonymous said...

The Police had psyched themselves up for trouble & unfortunately, with the low I.Q. evidenced by the majority of Police 'officers' today their natural response is to behave like football or gang thugs. ACPO needs to go & the whole 'culture' of policing needs to change, with a lot of the current crew sacked on the basis that you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Unlikely to happen until Brown goes - yet another good reason to get rid of him ASAP. Anyway, wth two police enquiries & Damian Green and Smeargate still dangling in the breeze, I'm off out to invest in whitewash.

Anonymous said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/5161531/Police-constables-earn-60000-a-year-thanks-to-overtime.html

If Anonymous people get serious about crippleing the state.... the solution is simple.... have a protest outside every MPs house every weekend and public holiday

"The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself." Sun Tzu

Anonymous said...

How are you going to find your MPs Addresses in order to protest... no address no protest...

electro-kevin said...

The police have never had more graduates than they do now.

Roger Thornhill said...

It seems it was kicked off by the unreasonable behavour of the police shoving the black guy (though not totally clear) for some unknown reason. He appeared to be polite, non-threatening and just asking if he alone could leave the kettle.

The use of the batton was, irrespective of the verbals, totally unacceptable as far as I can tell.

Anonymous said...

How about protesting at your local council against the fact they gambled all your council tax on a large ponzi-volcano


http://ftalphaville.ft.com/blog/2009/04/16/54743/come-friendly-banks-and-fall-on-stroud/

Guthrum said...

'The police have never had more graduates than they do now'.

HaHaHa- I met somebody yesterday who proudly said he had a degree- he did in 'Surf boarding'

Old Holborn said...

Long gone are the days when the Police could simply crack the skulls of a few people and nothing was seen.

95% of the population are now armed with a mobile phone and the internet.

Sauce for the gander

bofl said...

the filth were being very mouthy before the G20......

after seeing what they did to women at the countryside alliance i knew what would happen.
(see todays online daily mail).

i have met many police over the years and they are just like the rest of the self appointed 'elite' that think they have a divine right to do whatever they want-all paid for by us-of course!

In my experience they will take ANYONE and many of them couldnt get a job doing anything else.It is fairly well paid now too.

That big fucker beating that woman should have the same done to him.....what a fucking coward! Takes a really brave man/ 6ft plus dressed in riot gear to whack a small woman....and he was a sargeant!

You must be such a proud man?

And of course more valour was shown by the officer that shoved ian tomlinson to the ground.an unprovoked attack from behind on a man with his hands in his pockets!

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

ps have you seen how the banks are taking the piss re bonuses?

Raedwald said...

Uhm I don't think the 'protest outside MPs' houses' cunning plan is going to work, Baldrick.

They've just passed a law to keep their constituency addresses secret - it doesn't even have to appear on their election nomination papers any more.

Before long I expect they'll demand total anonymity and appear on election night as 'Candidate X for the Conservative Party, Candidate Y for the Labour party' and so on. In masks.

Anonymous said...

todays Bsc in surfboarding. is tommorows debt serf. esp with them new tuition fees.

electro-kevin said...

It was ever thus. A riot looks pretty much the same as it did 20 years ago.

None of you complained then because you felt the police were on your side - at 60k (with OT) the prospect of an index linked pension and a 100k lump sum the average PC will stand against whatever they are told to.

In fact I was involved in far worse disorders than that and even then I never brought myself to hit someone with a stick. They'd have to be really threatening for me to do that. But then perhaps I was never suited to the job and it was the stick wielders bringing it all under control.

KS (featured prominently in one of these films) when I met him at a reunion year before last treated me so appallingly that I had to front him out before the whole gathering.
It was embarrassing but needed to be done. A nasty piece of work and a nut job to boot - six foot of sheer muscle.

"This is not a riot" does not detract from the fact that a major obstruction is being caused and that requests to move on have been ignored.

The City inspector featured did too much talking. He should have done a brief speech explaining the act and section he was using, what was required of the press and that if they didn't move arrests would be made. "If you don't like the law this is not the time or place to debate. Take it up with your MP." In the event he made an arse of himself.

Coppers are not generally low IQ, but I admit that selection standards have been dropped in the interests of political correctness.

OLD Old Bill required definite minimum entry requirements (5 real O levels - incl Maths and English and definitely no criminal record.)

inhor said...

16 April 2009 09:50
Blogger Old Holborn said...
"Long gone are the days when the Police could simply crack the skulls of a few people and nothing was seen.

95% of the population are now armed with a mobile phone and the internet.

Sauce for the gander"

Two gets you five that before the GE a law will have been passed making mobile-phone recording illegal - above and beyond the current "don't photograph the filth" one, that is.

Anonymous said...

I really am stunned by the lack of imagination in protesting these days.

If these so called bright students wanted to have a real protest... they need to get into the 21st century baby...

the protest of the future has to be a e-protest... just imagine the parliment buried in a Tsunami of 1 million emails. the switchbord jammed for hours as people demand simultaneously to be put through to their MPs office....

You see the SOCPA protesting around parlament rule can easily be circumvented by the internets and phonez systems.

whats more this simulateous lobby protest technique is completly legal...

Anonymous said...

Scottish football fans visiting Manchester for last years EUFA cup will testify the brutal police antics, at the time they were classed as drunken thugs, now seems a little different doesn`t it ?

Chalcedon said...

We just knew this bollocks would happen with this here amended anti terror law. it was widely predicted. but senior officers said it would only be used in exceptional circumstances:

from the daily wailk today 16 April

A man was detained as a terrorist suspect for taking a photo of a police car being driven erratically across a public park.

Malcolm Sleath, who is chairman of his local park society, was stopped by two officers and told he had breached Section 44 of the Terrorism Act.

The law was amended in February to allow police to stop and search anyone they consider is a terrorist threat.

Those found guilty face a maximum ten years in jail. But Mr Sleath, acting chairman of the Friends of Town Park in Enfield, North London, was furious because police are not allowed to drive in that area of park.

The 62-year-old management consultant said: 'It was coming a public footpath and leaving tyre marks everywhere and making people move out of the way.

'They are supposed to park and investigate things on foot, so I wanted to show the picture to the sergeant.

'(The officer) was clearly embarrassed to be photographed where he shouldn't have been and wanted to intimidate me.'

The two PCSOs had been dispatched to the park to look for evidence of drug use in the surrounding bushes.

But their bosses issued an immediate apology to Mr Sleath after the incident and admitted the pair should have been on foot.

The PCSO concerned has also received 'formal words of advice', a police spokesman said.

Katabasis said...

Raedwald

"Uhm I don't think the 'protest outside MPs' houses' cunning plan is going to work, Baldrick.

They've just passed a law to keep their constituency addresses secret - it doesn't even have to appear on their election nomination papers any more."
Actually I'm warming to this idea more and more. It only takes one person with local knowledge to give up each MPs location. I could walk you straight to mine.

charliespad said...

Would it be illegal to get a load of t-shirts printed up saying "Too stupid and violent for a job at McD's? Try the Police."

Anonymous said...

Would it be illegal to get a load of t-shirts printed up saying "Too stupid and violent for a job at McD's? Try the Police."

as long as it didn't contain any images of police.... then you would be arrested for ... you guessed it terrorism ....

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