Councillors raised their concerns to police after an elderly man was pepper sprayed by officers in Toxteth.
Their concerns being all about the miscreant, of course. And did the police just walk up to this harmless old gent and spray him for no reason?
Reader, of course not…
Police reportedly stopped the man while he was sitting on a wall in Hartington Road on Sunday just after 10am.
He was said to have lashed out at one officer with his crutch and police responded by pepper spraying him.
Rather restrained of them, I think. Naturally, the inhabitants of the area responded with ‘I say, officers, are you OK? What a horrible job you have, with the people you have to deal with, to keep us all safe’.
A bystander off camera can be heard saying: “With all this stuff going on right now though“
The police officer responds: “I appreciate that but you can’t hit a bobby.”
The bystander said: “But look at his face though, you’ve sprayed the f*** out of him.”
It follows a verbal altercation between the officer and two bystanders who accuse the officers of hurting him for no reason.
One man is heard saying on camera: “this is how you treat our old black people, this is what happens.”
Well, no, it’s not how they treat old black people, is it? It’s how they treat people that assault them in the performance of their duties. Maybe one of your elected representatives can explain it to you?
Councillor Joanne Anderson, who represents Princes Park ward, was contacted by members of the local community concerned at the footage.She told the ECHO: “I used to work with the CPS and I understand that police have a tough job.
“The video was very distressing to watch and the use of pepper spray was seriously distressing, especially with a woman being shot recently in L8 and with Black Lives Matter and concerns with the police.
“Hitting an officer is inappropriate, but my concern is that the response appeared disproportionate and in the current time when police are better to deescalate, my concern was this was an escalation.
“I was on the phone with the police as I had received information about the incident and I wanted to know had he been released.”
Oh. Guess not. Any others we could hear from? Sensible ones?
Councillor Calvin Smeda, who represents Picton Ward where the incident occurred said: “He is well known in the area. (Ed: that’s what we call ‘a clue’, isn’t it, Reader?)
“I’m aware of a video circulating on social media and I’m speaking to Merseyside police to get a balanced overview.
“There is also the ongoing concern of the lack of PPE use by the officers in the video. They should lead by example and use the correct protective equipment when incidents occur.”
I think I know why Toxteth is a hellhole now…