Thursday, March 16, 2006

Channel Four-go a fair hearing...

Thanks to The Policeman's Blog for this one. If you've already seen footage of Olufemi Ijeeboude's arrest, then the rest of this post won't work for you. But if you haven't, I urge you to take part in the following test for me. Hell, try it even if you've seen it.

Switch off your speakers first, and then click on the link above and watch the news footage without sound. Watch it carefully. Decide what you think happened. Now rewind it, turn the sound back on and watch it again. Did it change your mind?

I'm not going to say much about this, other than the following: thanks to Channel 4 for destoying any chance of a fair and just hearing for that officer. What you have done ensures that if he WAS guilty of anything, he'll worm his way out through being 'misrepresented by the press'. If he was innocent, he'll forever bear the weight of 'guilt by public declaration.'

I don't know the full facts of this case, so I choose not to comment on the case itself. I wish Channel 4 had shown the same common sense.

What I will say is that Mr Ijeeboude's quote of "Theres an offence in this country which is not on the statute books. Its driving whilst black" really, really pisses me off.

8 Comments:

At 9:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well, I hope they don't expect a prompt police response to their Grays Inn Road studios if they ever need us. Bridges well and truly burnt.

Media w@nkers get up my nose, especially when not in full possession of the facts. The C4 luvvies must have had a hooter full of charlie when they put that little fairytale together.

 
At 2:09 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When he turned left he didn't give much of a signal and passed to the right of a car coming down the road, then didn't signal at the second junction. Channel four chose not to mention this. Then when stopped he turns his back on the officer and goes for something in his pocket.

Terrible reporting.

 
At 10:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Outrageous one sided reporting by channel 4. Further question is the footage jumps from 16:12:47 to 16:13:11. Some 24 seconds appears to be mising ?

 
At 12:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a common misconception by many people that a police officer actually needs a reason to stop you, failing to signal or speeding for example. This is understandable as most of the time police stop people it is with a reason like the above mentioned. What people are unaware of and what I'm constantly reminding people of is Section 163 of the Road Traffic Act. It gives police the power to stop a vehicle and request the driver produce relevant documentation, licence insurance etc. It dosn't state I have to wait for a "Reason" to stop the driver. Hey if the police didn't have this power most people wouldn't bother getting insurance as the chance of getting caught would be slim. The driver even admitts he was asked these very questions by the officer which would explain why he had been stopped!.

From seeing the video footage for myself I would argue the officer couldn't even see the driver's ethnic background unless he had those new issue xray glasses that allow him to see through the headrest and havn't been invented yet.

 
At 7:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonderful example of 3rd party opinion by channel 4. The only two people who know what happened there are the A.O. and the driver. I have never seen anybody sprayed without a damn good reason, and given how much writing we need to do just to draw CS, let alone discharging it..........
But of course we are all racist.

 
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