Comments:London fire extinguisher throw suspect bailed
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Mark Twain has described people in mobs as unruly. I don't blame him. I'm sure he wasn't thinking. And did it hit the officers? The article is a little unclear
"...giving glancing blows to two police officers..." - yes, but it was not a square hit. I think one received bruising.
Knowing the guy involved personally, he is honestly one of the nicest people I have ever met. I have no doubt that he genuinely didn't want anyone to get hurt, and I honestly think that it was a simple lack of judgement. After all, if you're in a crowd like that, and everyone's shouting "Toss it, toss it, toss it", what are you going to do?
Actually, a blog claims the chant was "stop throwing shit". As I commented in IRC, attempted murder may well have stuck but I didn't feel it to be in the public interest. Possibly the CPS did not either; possibly there are other reasons behind the charge.
I haven't a clue what happened on the roof. Surely "stop throwing shit" must have started after the fire extinguisher was thrown; unless something was thrown beforehand?
I honestly don't recall if the blog said it came before or after.
As an aside, while he should be charged (assuming he actually chucked it) I can understand how one could get there. Yes, he is a twat for doing it, if he did - but, I say that as someone who has himself done twattish things.
I do hope he will eventually find a sympathetic employer if convicted.
It's just so senseless with respect to himself, never mind the danger imposed to others. Assuming he was there with the genuine intent to put pressure on the government and not just for a 'lark' then he's going to struggle to get in to a university, not just because he doesn't want to be saddled with much more debt, but because everybody knows him as 'that fire extinguisher guy'.
On the topic of the protest in general it's such a shame that the disruption ruined the message. The public image of students is already poor - I'm just glad I did my undergraduate when the tuition fees had only trebled to £3000