from my friend Shareefa via Facebook
Yesterday evening in Straford near the Olympics, a Black man got man handled by private security who attempted to handcuff him. The police were holding him trying to deal with the situation, me and a few friends overlooked it to see whether the police were dealing with it properly.
My friend was told twice by the police to not film, where the interference annoyed the 4 private security men who stood in a line staring at us on the Westfield stairs. I faced them as they tried to intimidate from afar so i laughed, the main security bully who’d upset the man mouthed “what the fuck” then i laughed again letting him know he wasn’t intimidating.
Next thing, the 4 of them came running at us, attacking my Asian friend they’d assumed had took a picture (which isn’t illegal in public spaces, for all we could have been excited tourists) screaming into my friends face “let me see that f*cking picture! I know what you’re f*cking doing, interfering cause i had a scuffle with that man and now you’re taking pictures. I’ll have all of you f*cking gone from here! All of you” i said to the policeman who witnessed this if he was going to let private security get away with speaking to us like that when he had no right to speak to us in an inappropriate school boy bully manner but he was clearly intimidated by the security and responded with he’d told my friend twice before, turning his back.
I went to speak to their supervisor whilst they glared. I was told by the policewoman to wait at the bottom of the stairs, half hour later nobody came and they had gone. I spoke to a sergeant, he said he can’t make a complaint of the policewoman wasting my time and i’m going to have to deal with this complaint differently. Private security means no one is held accountable and why was the police trying to protect the security and not the general public from being verbally assaulted. All this for the bloody corporate Olympics sponsored by the worlds most exploitative companies.
Hope tourists enjoy their stay whilst taking pictures with our ever so kind non-racist Metropolitan police, who’ve been replaced by West Yorkshire police in the area instead so tourists don’t witness how ugly they really are