There are endless streams of police brutality, usually coupled with some bullshit assaulting a police officer charge. So here’s a video of the tables getting turned for a change with an actual assault on a police officer.
An officer on routine traffic patrol in Luton, UK had just been involved in a pursuit with a moped when he spotted another bike with a dodgy number plate. The guy sped off when he saw the police but thought better of fleeing, and the cops moved in to give him a ticking off and a ticket. All run of the mill stuff.
Turns out the biker was more than an inconsiderate driver, he was a weed dealer. Weed is still as minor as it gets but the cops had a job to do and asked the guy about the cannabis stench wafting from his motorbike. That’s when shit got ugly.
As the cuffs are going on, the dealer makes a break for it, overpowering two cops as he swings punches using his bike key as an improvised shank. The police fight back with CS gas and get their man, but one cop has taken a stab to the face. It’s bloody but it doesn’t look too bad until the officer passes out.
The whole thing was caught on camera by a TV cameraman for the long-running BBC series Traffic Cops, the same people behind the footage of Sabina and Ursula Eriksson hurling themselves under speeding traffic which was captured during filming for an offshoot show called Motorway Cops. No narrow iPhone videos, extra-shaky footage or shots with more grain than a potatoe to be found here.
In the end it turns out the other officer, who tells us he’s hurt his finger, had sustained a fracture in the struggle but he was probably more worried about the shock he was clearly in. Footage not included in this extract, which consists of most of the segments on the incident from the broadcast show, has the guy who ultimately searched the bike holding up a meagre bag of weed and, in disbelief, asking “is that it?”
He’d probably have only got a fine for such little amounts, even dealing, but instead he got his ass hurled in prison. He got off light at 9 months and he’ll only serve half before parole but still, considering he could have been clear with just a fine, it still sucks to be him.
The worst part is the victim was probably that rare breed, an honest cop. If he’s going to be filmed during his every move then rest assured the force will have vetted him very carefully so they could represent the police in the best possible light. These guys were carefully chosen TV-friendly officers. Although, that guy complaining about the public filming instead of helping definitely loses points from me. You’re a public servant, the public have a right to keep an eye on you and a right to expect you to keep them safe from maniacs like this. You can’t expect random passers-by to risk a bust-up with a drug dealer.
Full 11-minute extract of a cop getting stabbed and knocked unconscious is below: