In a press release today, the Metropolitan Police announce that 11 people have been charged over the student protests on 9th December. This has caused considerable outrage since one of the arrestees is Alfie Meadows.
A 20-year-old student underwent a three-hour operation to treat bleeding on the brain last night after being hit on the head by a police truncheon, according to his mother.
Alfie Meadows is said to have fallen unconscious on the way to hospital after being struck as he tried to leave an area outside Westminster Abbey during the tuition fee protests in central London. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Meadows was among 43 protesters and six police offices who were taken to hospital for injuries.One can only speculate as to when exactly head-butting a police truncheon became a crime.
This further demonstrates that, far from being an aberration that occurs in isolation, police brutality is an integral part of state power. As someone on Twitter wrly noted, "had [Ian] Tomlinson lived he would have faced trumped up charges too."
It is worth remembering this incident, the next time somebody tells you there can be such a thing as "proportionate" policing.