…Jody McIntyre jumps sharks in his wheelchair:
When I was interviewed on BBC News on 27 May, and before that in December 2010 following the protests that had seen me dragged out of my wheelchair by the police, I never could have imagined the sheer amount of disablist prejudice it would raise from the public. In the comments section below the YouTube videos, I am told to “stay at home and live off benefits” – the benefits that the government are currently so intent on cutting – while others complain that it is “depressing to think my taxes fund this nonsense …”.
That’s not ‘disablist abuse’, chum. That’s the public fed up with students rioting to ensure their cushy paid-for-by-taxes lifestyle continues.
No-one is abusing you because you’re disabled; they are abusing you because you’re a left-wing cretin…
As with any form of discrimination, inequality is at the root of the issue. We supposedly live in a well-developed, “democratic” nation, yet, as a person in a wheelchair, I do not possess the right to travel on the underground like every other citizen.
Then you’d be better off protesting outside the headquarters of the Tube, wouldn’t you? Or did I miss the banners at that protest calling for access to the Tube for the wheelchair users?
It is not sympathy I am looking for, but justice.
I didn’t think you were looking for either – just a bit of comp-en-say-shun and a lot of publicity…
When I travel past Brixton police station every morning and see pictures of Sean Rigg and Ricky Bishop – just a few of the many people who have died in police custody over the last decade – it is difficult for me to expect to ever receive any kind of justice from the Metropolitan police or the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), especially when they are, ludicrously, investigating themselves.
Woah! Hang on there! Bit of a leap, eh? Neither of those cases showed the police to be at fault, mind you, so you’ve chosen good company…
The advice of the Metropolitan police’s disability advisory group, which has recommended that “guidance should be developed into what is the best way to move people in wheelchairs”, is completely farcical. Surely any logical human being could have worked out a long time ago, without seeing video footage of a police officer pulling me out of my wheelchair and dragging me across the road, that this would not be the best way. This development has nothing to do with finding a solution, and everything to do with attempts to tidy up the severely damaged image of the Metropolitan police in the public eye.
Hmmm, let’s look at the actual events of that day, shall we, courtesy of the photographer who was there at the time. It paints a rather different picture.
Like with the case of Alfie Meadows, who needed emergency brain surgery to save his life after being injured at the student demonstrations and is now being charged with violent disorder by the police, my case is another example of the police trying to discredit the victims of their violent actions.
The only person ‘discrediting your actions’, Jody, appears to be….well, you.
However, the truth is on our side, and – luckily for me – so is video evidence. There was no video evidence when David Emmanuel, aka Smiley Culture, died from a single stab wound after a police raid on his home. For him, and many others, we will never know what really happened.
You mean ‘We’ll never get the cops to admit they, for some reason known only to them, decided to kill a minor fish in the drugs trade…’?
I will be appealing against the results of the investigation to the IPCC, and also have further legal action in consideration. Not because I expect an explanation from the very people who pulled me out of my chair in the first place, but because the absurdity of the complaints process should be exposed.
An absurdity is certainly being exposed, Jody. But it’s not the one you might think.
It’s the absurdity of a supposed ‘disabled campaigner for justice and equal treatment’ on the one hand whinging about equality, and on the other hand demanding special treatment.
It’s the absurdity of the ability of well-funded political groups to keep bringing appeal after appeal and ensuring the government is throwing away yet more and more public money on fighting off spurious claims.
It’s the absurdity of our left-wing press uncritically allowing you space to whinge and whine about the treatment you ensure the police have no choice but to mete out to you in order that you don’t come to grief by your own foolhardy actions.
That’s real absurdity.