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Student Protests: Wheelchair Attack ‘Lawful’

Sky News
May 28, 2011

Police officers were justified in pulling a student fees protester from his wheelchair and “inadvertently” hitting him with a baton, an inquiry has found.

Jody McIntyre, 21, was attacked by officers during a demonstration on December 9, but the actions of police were “justifiable and lawful given the volatile and dangerous situation”, Scotland Yard’s Directorate of Professional Standards said.

Mr McIntyre claimed he was the victim of an unprovoked attack, complaining that an officer tipped him out of his wheelchair onto the ground, then dragged him across the road onto the pavement.

He said the treatment amounted to discrimination on the basis of his disability.

But a statement from the force said: “The investigation, supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), did not find evidence to substantiate any of the complaints made by Jody McIntyre regarding two separate incidents at the demonstrations.

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