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BBC journalist interrogates disabled protester

Issue No. 2232

‘I was attacked and pulled out of my wheelchair on two occasions’
Jody McIntyre, who has cerebral palsy, describes how police treated him on last week’s student protest

‘There’s a suggestion that you were rolling towards the police in your wheelchair. Is that true?’
BBC reporter Ben Brown disgracefully asks Jody McIntyre if he provoked police

‘I think it’s quite obvious that I was not a threat to anyone’
Jody McIntyre responds to Ben Brown

‘Do you classify yourself as a revolutionary?’
Ben Brown asks Jody another irrelevant question

‘Did you shout anything provocative or throw anything that would’ve induced the police to do that to you?’
Ben Brown on actions that he seems to think could justify the behaviour of the police

‘Do you really think that a person with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair could pose a threat to a police officer armed with weapons?’
Jody McIntyre points out the obvious to the ridiculous Ben Brown

‘But you do say you’re a revolutionary’
Ben Brown appears to suggest it’s ok for police to assault some people

‘This whole line of argument is absolutely ludicrous because you’re blaming the victims of violence for that violence’
Jody McIntyre has the last word


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Who Says?
Tue 14 Dec 2010, 17:30 GMT
Issue No. 2232
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