Report Jody McIntyre for incitement to riotPosted on August 8, 2011
Jody McIntyre shot to fame (or notoriety) during the student riots. He garnered a lot of publicity by alleging that the police assaulted him and pushed him out of his wheelchair after he had deliberately placed himself at the front line of the riots in Westminster. Far from being just a run-of-the-mill student, though, it swiftly turned out that he was a hard core hard-left activist who was closely enough involved with the violent disorder that he was apparently part of the group who ended up on the roof of Millbank along with the fire extinguisher-thrower.
In May, the IPPC threw out his complaint on the grounds that the officers on the front line were right to remove him from the violent and turbulent situation in which he had deliberately placed himself.
Any lingering illusion that McIntyre was a victim of circumstance, caught up in trouble by accident, has now been shattered by his Tweeting over the weekend. As well as attending the riots and looting in Brixton and Tottenham, he tweeted urging others to commit violent disorder too:
Be inspired by the scenes in #tottenham, and rise up in your own neighbourhood. 100 people in every area = the way we can beat the feds.
As well as being morally wrong, as far as I can see this tweet may well be a crime. It doesn’t appear to be a joke or satire, and it clearly incites others to copycat what went on in Tottenham, which involved multiple assaults, arson of shops and houses, theft and looting on a huge scale. It even makes clear that he wants this rioting spread in order to overwhelm the capacity of the police, presumably in order to give free rein for this kind of mass crime to happen unchecked.
For McIntyre this might be a political crusade, but for the victims – the people who were hospitalised, the people who lost everything – these riots were a horrific experience, and something no decent person would want to see repeated.
I’ve reported McIntyre to the Metropolitan Police for the offence of incitement to riot – you can do so too by phoning 101 to be connected to the Met’s control room, whether you report McIntyre or another instance of incitement.