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Guardian journalist hospitalised by Police Watch

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    Shiv Malik, 29, a journalist, gave the Guardian this account from a cab on his way to University College Hospital for treatment to a head wound caused by a police baton. He was in Parliament Square at the junction with Victoria Street caught between the police line and the students, who were moving the fence up in an attempt to break through.

    "The crowd surged in an attempt to break through the police line, and I was caught on the same side as the police but facing towards them with the fence behind me. The fence came right up to the police line. The police started to push back then they started using their batons on protestors. I was caught then and pushed up towards the front. I ducked, my glasses were knocked off my face so I was trying to hold them. Then, basically, a baton strike came to the side of my face and then onto the top of my head. Directly onto the crown of my head. I felt a big whacking thud and I heard it reverberating inside my head.
    "I wasn't sure whether I was bleeding or not. I moved off to the side and asked a police officer if I was bleeding. But he just said 'Keep moving, keep moving". Then I put my hand to the top of my head and looked at my palm and I could see there was blood everywhere. I then asked another police officer, who was wearing a police medic badge, if he could help me. And he told me to move away as well and told me to go to another exit. By this point blood was streaming down the back of my head and back of my neck and matting my hair. I was wearing a roll neck jumper and it was seeping into the back of my jumper. I managed to come off to one side and make my way out where two protesting student helped me. They were cleaning the top of my head with water and some tissues. Someone in the crowd gave me a whole pack of Kleenex. Then two female protestors escorted me out. I had to walk all the way up to Leicester Square where I managed to catch a cab.
    I don't know the extent of my injury. I've been told it's about an inch long gash right at the top of my crown. It stopped bleeding now, but it was bleeding badly for about ten minutes."
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/...-live-coverage

    The tactics used by police has been disgusting today at the protests and this just demonstares how dangerous those tactics are.
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    Why's everyone having a go at the police. It's the politicians not the police you should be having a go at. Police are just doing their job.
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    (Original post by Law123mus)
    Why's everyone having a go at the police. It's the politicians not the police you should be having a go at. Police are just doing their job.
    I dont think hitting journalists on the head with batons then ignoring them when they try and ask for help is the police just doing their jobs. Neither is pulling a disabled man from his wheelchair then dragging him across the ground.
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    (Original post by DaveSmith99)
    I dont think hitting journalists on the head with batons then ignoring them when they try and ask for help is the police just doing their jobs. Neither is pulling a disabled man from his wheelchair then dragging him across the ground.
    It's unfortunate what happened to that journalist. Hope he makes a full recovery. However the crowd shouldn't have tried to rush the police in the first place. Obviously given the circumstances, there is going to be some collateral damage on both sides. The tatics the police are using to control the rioters are justified. We shouldn't blame the police for what happened to the journalist. We should blame the idiotic rioters.
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    (Original post by Law123mus)
    It's unfortunate what happened to that journalist. Hope he makes a full recovery. However the crowd shouldn't have tried to rush the police in the first place. Obviously given the circumstances, there is going to be some collateral damage on both sides. The tatics the police are using to control the rioters are justified. We shouldn't blame the police for what happened to the journalist. We should blame the idiotic rioters.
    The police shouldnt have been boxing people in the first place. The police kettled protesters in to an area, then told them to leave through one street, innocent protesters did as they were told and found themselves being charged at by horses on this street.

    There are obviously some people there looking for trouble, but there are innocent journalists, protesters and children being injured due to police tactics.
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    (Original post by Law123mus)
    Why's everyone having a go at the police. It's the politicians not the police you should be having a go at. Police are just doing their job.
    The police are taxpayers and therefore should riot and stand against the politicians.

    Instead, just like the sheep they've always been, they continue to defend and honour the bigots in Parliament.

    A lot of the police have no intellectual knowledge anyway - especially the ones out fighting the protesters.

    The only ones within the police force that actually have any knowledge are those from higher ranks.

    Police officers have the easiest tests going to get in and you can get into the police force even if you are a total non-intellectual plank.

    5.4 on the bleep test also allows a lot of unhealthy and unfit people applying.

    Also the maths test the police have to take could be done by a 4 year old. Its a really shocking admissions system.

    http://www.policemathstest.com/practice-test.html

    ^^ Look at that - definitely key stage 2 or 3 at most.

    The police today have been complete vandals and criminals in the way they have approached the protesters. I've just had a message on Facebook from a mate saying he got forced over when the horses charged and quite a few have been injured. The police are just a legalised gang who think they are above the law instead of using logic and common sense - this is easily noticed by the kettling technique they used a couple of weeks ago and then a police officer coming on air for an interview and saying he couldn't understand why people are pushing.

    Its a bit obvious that protesters will push and try and break free of being kettled in order to not get crushed. People were trying to leave and go to the toilet yet the police forced them to stay and keep them in where they were in more danger.

    I've lost full respect for the police because of the way they have gone about the protests. They have provoked, attacked and pressured 14-18 year olds and some older people. Its quite saddening seeing fully grown men pulling teenagers over walls, hitting them, charging at them with horses.

    They just hide behind their uniform and legal jurisdiction. I cannot stand the police now.

    Everything they do is double standards.

    We are not allowed to use mobile phones whilst driving yet they constantly use handheld radios. Whats the difference? The difference is that they think they are above the law and as they protect the government they in turn get protected by law.

    Politicians and Police are Pathetic.
 
 
 
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