His Master’s Voice – police violence and the media

Anarchist Communist Group

If one was to base their understanding of how the police in Britain operate on how the mass media report it, then the police are a fine bunch of people, currently under siege from the forces of anarchy, and mindless hooligan elements, who are bent on needless violence. And last weekend’s demo in Bristol against the policing bill, according to the BBC, ITN, Sky News and every single national newspaper, told exactly that story. According to them, parroting the cops’ narrative, officers suffered broken bones and punctured lungs. However, a few days later, it became apparent that this was a made up story. In fact, the local hospital treated multiple victims of police violence and… ahem… zero injured police officers.

Midweek, when the police violently attacked a peaceful travellers’ demonstration in Bristol and wrecked the shrine to Sarah Everard in the process, again the same story was repeated by a mass media, increasingly unified as the voice of the ruling class. Then this weekend, when police went on a violent rampage again in Bristol, brutally attacking demonstrators, bystanders and journalists… and yes, you guessed it, the media continued to sing the praises of the poor old police officers, and condemned those evil anarchists, outside agitators and hooligans bent on violence.

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