Investigation into police involvement with Jody McIntyre
27 May 2011
The MPS Directorate of Professional Standards [DPS] has investigated the circumstances surrounding the police involvement with Jody McIntyre during the London demonstration against tuition fees on 9 December 2010.
The investigation, supervised by the IPCC, did not find evidence to substantiate any of the complaints made by Jody McIntyre regarding two separate incidents at the demonstrations.
Firstly that Jody McIntyre was assaulted by an officer with a baton; then by officers who removed him from his wheelchair and carried him from the demonstration.
Jody McIntyre had complained that later an officer tipped him out of his wheelchair onto the ground then dragged him across the road onto the pavement. Jody McIntyre's complaint was also that this treatment amounted to discrimination on the basis of his disability.
The investigation has found that violent disorder was occurring at the location where Jody McIntyre was positioned. At this location officers were under sustained attack and were required to use force to protect themselves, whilst attempting to control the disorder.
Whilst there is evidence that Jody McIntyre was inadvertently struck with a police baton, the investigation found that the actions of officers were justifiable and lawful given the volatile and dangerous situation occurring at the location and his removal from his wheelchair was also justifiable given the officers' perceived risk to Jody McIntyre.
As part of the investigation, investigators took advice from the MPS Disability Independent Advisory Group [DIAG] who recommended that guidance should be developed around the most appropriate way to move a wheelchair user should it become necessary.
Acting Commander Carl Bussey, head of the Directorate of Professional Standards, said: " The allegations made by Jody McIntyre were extremely concerning and we have carried out a very thorough investigation under the supervision of the IPCC to establish the facts.
"The investigation did not find evidence to substantiate any of the complaints and given how damaging these allegations were to the reputation of the MPS and relationship with both protestors and London's disabled community, it is only right that we report back and therefore publically account on what occurred. "
We have informed Jody McIntyre's solicitor of the findings.
The complainant has the right to appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commissioner within 28 days.