Bystanders branded “disgusting” for filming police crash
The officer was knocked over in Coventry
West Midlands Police have criticized bystanders who filmed an officer after he had been knocked off his bike, instead of helping him.
The officer had been pursuing a stolen bike in Coventry, when he was knocked over. In a tweet, West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team said that they were “very disappointed” that people pulled out their mobile phones and began filming, instead of helping the fallen officer.
Very disappointed to report that when one of our team was knocked off his bike while pursuing a stolen bike the first thing that people thought to do was to record the incident on their mobile phones rather than help the rider. Luckily we were close! Any info via 101 please...
— West Midlands Police Traffic Investigations Unit (@WMPTIU) August 29, 2018
The incident happened on Coventry's Stoney Stanton Road.
The Road Harm Reduction Team later confirmed that the officer was taken to hospital suffering "bumps and bruises", but was given the all-clear.
They said it was "not what any of us come into work for though".
Yes went to hospital and was given the all clear. Bumps bruises and a bit of shock. Not what any of us come into work for though ?
— West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team (@WMPRHRT) August 29, 2018
West Midlands Police called the bystander's actions "absolutely disgusting behaviour".
In a further tweet, they said that "incidents like this [were] becoming all too common".
Absolutely disgusting behaviour.
If you have any information about this incident involving our @WMPRHRT @Trafficwmp friends please call 101.
For those filming our injured colleague...the difference between us & you is if you ever need our help in future, we will still respond. https://t.co/mPwcwtah8o
— WMP Force Contact (@ContactWMP) August 29, 2018
Humans behind the uniform and humans behind the headsets, whether blue, red or green.
Incidents like this are becoming all to common.
— WMP Force Contact (@WMPContact) August 29, 2018