Occupy London bailiff drives into crowd of journalists while the police do nothing

Protestors in London attempted to take over an abandoned building and turn it into a bank of ideas. When they were evicted, one of the bailiffs who was being asked questions by journalists, suddenly jumped into his car and started driving at a crowd of protestors.

From http://www.bankofideas.org.uk/2012/01/30/302/

As the events were scaling down, at around 4am, one of the bailiffs who was being asked by journalists about the lack of identification, assaulted a photographer by punching him in the face, then got into his car and drove straight into a number of protesters and media at speed.
Having then taken a dead end, the bailiff ended up back in front of the media and protesters who tried to prevent him from leaving, at which point he accelerated into the crowd carrying one protester on his bonnet for 50 – 100 yards.

Throughout these incidents media and protesters requested the police take actions in regards to the crimes which were clearly being committed. At one point the police removed the keys from the driver of the car, only to return them to him, at which point he immediately accelerated into the crowd. The police actively cleared the path for an alleged criminal to leave a crime scene and refused to take crime reports from those that had been assaulted.

2 comments on “Occupy London bailiff drives into crowd of journalists while the police do nothing

  1. I’m sorry, I fail to see where the protestors’ blatant disregard for your country’s rules of the road and criminal behaviour are weighing in, for your video. Here, let me help you:
    Highways Act 1980; Section 137, subsection 1:
    “If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a highway he is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding [F1level 3 on the standard scale].”
    or how about:
    Highways Act 1980; Section 161, subsections 1, and 4:
    “If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, deposits any thing whatsoever on a highway in consequence of which a user of the highway is injured or endangered, that person is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding [F1level 3 on the standard scale].”
    “If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, allows any filth, dirt, lime or other offensive matter or thing to run or flow on to a highway from any adjoining premises, he is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding [F4level 1 on the standard scale].”
    For the things they were throwing at the vehicle, and the liquid that they tossed at the windshield.

    But wait how about in your Offences against the Person Act: Section 42:
    “Persons committing any common assault or battery may be imprisoned or compelled by two magistrates to pay fine and costs not exceeding 5l.
    Where any person shall unlawfully assault or beat any other person, two justices of the peace, upon complaint by or on behalf of the party aggrieved, may hear and determine such offence, and the offender shall, upon conviction thereof before them, at the discretion of the justices, either be committed to the common gaol or house of correction, there to be imprisoned, . . . F52 for any term not exceeding two months, or else shall forfeit and pay such fine as shall appear to them to be meet, not exceeding, together with costs (if ordered), the sum of [F53£200]; and if such fine as shall be so awarded, together with the costs (if ordered), shall not be paid, either immediately after the conviction or within such period as the said justices shall at the time of the conviction appoint, they may commit the offender to the common gaol or house of correction, there to be imprisoned, . . . for any term not exceeding two months, unless such fine and costs be sooner paid.]”

    Now, granted there are allegations in this video of the Bailiff “assaulting” reporters, I don’t exactly see a video of such an assault. But I do see a video depicting ALL of the infractions of the above laws stated. This behaviour of the Occ Protestors is abysmal and, quite frankly, counter-productive to the effort that many of the people PROPERLY protesting are trying to make. This whole situation is shame on Occupy. Have some respect!

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