A few days ago, this video was being shuffled around Twitter in an attempt to show that police brutality is rife.
Now, I'm not averse to giving the police a doing over, myself, when they clearly deserve it.
But... I couldn't see quite where I was supposed to get too excited about this video. Because they weren't 'beating' her, they were clearly restraining her, and she was clearly not co-operating.
And I had the uncomfortable feeling that the reason some people were getting so hot under the collar was her sex...
Now, remember that what got her into the cells (back in 2011 - this is NOT a new story!) in the first place was a row with her boyfriend sufficiently vicious that the police had to be called. whereupon it's claimed she assaulted three cops. And yet this is no longer, it seems, enough to disqualify anyone from the title of 'a woman on good character'?!
I can can remember where a row with your boyfriend resulted in icy looks, burnt dinners and the witholding of feminine affection, not a vanload of TSG and a night in the cells being required to sort things out.
And I'm apparently considered strange for holding that view. I must want innocent women beaten up in the cells, right?
The conversation didn't go very far after that, with the new definition of 'troll' being applied ('Person who disagrees with me and won't back down, damnit!').
But I'm afraid the increasingly hysterical attempts to persuade me of the rightness of their cause cut no ice at all.
What we have here looks bad, yes. Much was made of 'Oooh, it's four against one!', as if there were some Queensbury Rules that police were bound to follow...
But just how are the police to deal with non-cooperative prisoners, other than force? When it seems every adult they arrest is merely a child in an adult's body, and this is the first time they've ever met anyone prepared to tell them 'No. You can't..' and make it stick? Had she self-harmed, they'd be for the high-jump!
The people criticising the police would be the first to call them if their sleep was disturbed by a violent domestic row. Criticising them for what they have to do to resolve that is like criticising your dustman for dumping your rubbish in landfill rather than making a work of art out of it...