A video has been doing the rounds which shows an arrest made British Transport Police in St Pancras in March.
On the face of it the video makes uncomfortable viewing. The man being arrested repeatedly asks “why” he is being arrested and gets no response other than to get repeatedly shouted at and hit with a stick by the policeman, who actually sounds a bit out of control and appears to be using riot squad techniques on this single man. The man also is heard to say “I’m not a criminal” which result in him being shouted at and beaten by a stick by the policeman who seems determined to get the man to lie on the floor.
The other police officer in the video appears to be more stand off-ish and not as aggressive and then more officers arrive and take the man to the side – all in full view of the public and, as it happens in St Pancras, foreign visitors to our country.
In 2016 I find it incredible that a any man can be hit by a stick by police. It wouldn’t of made it less painful viewing had he been a white man – but one wonders if this is the treatment that we hear about from the black community who often feel they are unfairly singled out and hit upon (in this case literally) by the police. No matter what the colour of the person, it cannot be acceptable to be treated like this by the police.
When contacted their press office a spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “We continue to investigate the incident involving BTP officers detaining a man at St Pancras station on Tuesday, 8 March.
“Our Professional Standards Department (PSD) has been informed and the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).”
Kent Police are warning drivers of a planned demonstration march today by various groups as part the ‘national campaign against fees and cuts’ in Dover which is highly likely to cause disruption in and around the town.
It’s thought participants are likely to assemble at Market Square at 12.30 pm, and then march to the entrance of Dover Eastern Docks via Bench Street and Marine Parade. An assembly will then take place until 3.30pm. The march may then proceed back along the same route. The route may be subject to change.
It is anticipated that this will attract a large numbers of protesters and there will be extra police officers in the town whose main role is to facilitate a peaceful protest, to keep the public safe and minimise the impact on local people going about their daily business.
There is likely to be disruption to local roads and access to parking while the procession passes through and while the protest takes place at the Eastern docks. Access to Dover seafront may be restricted during the afternoon.
Some disruption to businesses in the area of the protests is also possible and advice leaflets have been distributed to relevant areas giving further information.
A spokesperson for Kent police said “We would ask all people, both locals and visitors, to support Kent Police and keep Dover peaceful on Saturday.”
For up to date information during the day, follow Kent Police on Twitter @kentpolicedover
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