UK Police Caught Dragging Protester From Wheelchair

Jody McIntyre says he was '100% not a threat to anyone'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2010 1:01 PM CST

(Newser) – British police have promised to launch an investigation after video surfaced of police officers apparently pulling a man with cerebral palsy from his wheelchair and dragging him across the street during Thursday’s student protests. The victim, 20-year-old Jody McIntyre, tells the Daily Telegraph that police actually pulled him from the chair twice, once amidst a clash between police and other protesters, and later when one recognized him in the middle of the street.

In a rather combative interview with the BBC (see video), McIntyre said he was “100% not a threat to anyone,” and said he’d be filing an official complaint with the police department. Asked about accusations that he’d been rolling toward police, McIntyre replied, “I think to try to justify a police officer pulling a disabled person out of a wheelchair and dragging them across a concrete road is quite ridiculous, and I’m surprised that you just tried to do so.”

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