More information about CS spray and UK Uncut

We now have some more information on what happened during the UK Uncut protest on Saturday so this is an update post to gather more of it together. I will save the commentary for now in favour of presenting the data I have gathered.

Accounts from people that were actually there:

We have some comments about the previous behaviour of Officer CW2440 on the 15th of January, from @johnnylil

Officers CW2440 and CW2444 specifically are the ones trying to provoke violence from us. We shall remain peaceful. #ukuncut
On jan 15 at last #ukuncut, I tweeted that officer cw2440 was trying to provoke violence. Now I hear he's hospitalised people with CS spray

i will stress, however, that at the jan 15 #ukuncut police were on the whole polite, respectful and peaceful. just cw2440 spoiling things.

Then some longer comments from @johnnylil, so I have strung them together for clarity.

“re CW2440 on jan 15th. Two protesters were trying to peacefully obstruct the entrance to topshop and police asked them to move as it was private property. Protesters requested to see deeds proving this, explaining that otherwise police could not accuse them of trespassing. CW2440 then pushed one of them violently so he fell into group of passerbys. Him or 2442 then later aggressively manhandled another protester for speaking up about his right. ALL VIOLENCE CAME FROM POLICE.”

Pic of CW2440 outside topshop on jan 15th. Taken moments after he assaulted protestor. #ukuncut http://twitpic.com/3v7ggm

Pic of CW2440 outside topshop on jan 15th. Taken moments afte... on Twitpic

I stress that the above was on the 15th of January, and was the same officer that used CS spray on the 30th. Thanks to @Double_Karma for sending the above tweets to me.

We also have some clarification from the lady whose arrest may have sparked this CS spray incident, left as a comment on F for Philistine.

“This is me this is about. This is not an accurate account of what happened. I was physically pulled up by one or more protesters trying to pull me away from the police, which hurt me. I don’t blame the police. Boots made up a ridiculous charge: I pushed leaflets through an open gap in the door! The police then had to do their job. Why did someone try to pull me away from the police? A ridiculous thing to do, which caused the trouble. I am sorry that anyone was injured trying to defend me, but I was not resisting arrest, and was treated fine by the police, so it was unneccessary and damaging. It was brilliant protest and I’m glad we got loads of coverage though :-)”

She later added:

“However, having now seen that video, I can confirm that the incident of the person being sprayed in that video is after I was pulled by the protester, when I had already been taken to the side alley by the police, and so that incident is not related to me attempted to be taken away from the police.”

For the sake of convenience I have gathered several videos here.

Video from @dawnhfoster

Video from The Guardian

Video from @dawnhfoster

Video from @RoTreg It was sideways, so I have temporarily made a copy in the correct orientation until RoTreg gets a corrected copy online. Here’s the original.

Video from Londoner56789

And a picture showing a delivery of milk by @seb_sears to Ben’s Cookies to replace that given for washing out the CS spray.
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— UPDATE —

I have been sent a link to more photographs showing officer CW2440 being quite violent earlier in the demonstration.

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