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Ben Brown: "But did you say anything or throw anything that might have made the police view you as a threat?"

Jodi McIntyre: "Do you really think that a person with cerebral palsy in a wheelchair could pose a threat to police who are armed and armoured?"

Seriously, the BBC asked a person who had explicitly already mentioned that he cannot move his own wheel chair if he threw something at police, and suggested that he might have been "rolling towards" the policeline, which is about a hundred yards away, and therefore have seemed like a threat that justified being dragged across concrete.

Of note is that if you watch the larger video over at the BBC, watch at 00:28, where you can see one of the police officers who attacked Jodi being pulled away by his jacket by other police officers in the classic "leave him terry he's not worth it!" motion generally reserved for the mates of drunk idiots who've started a fight in a pub.

Ben Brown is of course the reporter who asked protesters on thursday "why are you starting fires? What does that achieve?" to which multiple protesters had to try to explain the concept of it being cold, in parliament square on an unusually cold december evening.

There is at least one petition going round asking for Ben Brown to apologise for his disgraceful behaviour, though emails and phone calls to the BBC would also be nice.
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I can't see Assange facing a great deal of injustice in the Swedish courts, I can see him easily experiencing due process of law, and having all his human rights respected at all points of this affair. If he is found guilty, he will find himself in a prison where he will again have all his human rights respected by the institution he'll be incarcerated in, and he will not have to stay there particularly long once appeals are taken into account because he's only been charged with rape, not something with a particularly long sentence.

Whatever the hell he does for wikileaks will not actually be affected – one of the side effects of his constantly moving about is that whatever he does can still be done remotely from prison. The worst case scenario that can result from him being arrested isn't exactly bad.

So while the fact that Interpol considers Assange's arrest as big a deal as that of convicted child rapist Roman Polanski is undeniable bullshit, and while the attacks on Wikileaks are wrong, none of this is actually a genuine injustice.

There are far too many people in prison and who have suffered worse than prison as a result of genuine injustices, like having confessions either falsified or extracted under torture, or due to falsified evidence put up against them, or of racist police supported by racist judges and racist jurors obtaining convictions for such injustices.

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