[ View the story "Livestream captures violent arrest of anti-fracking protester " on Storify] Livestream captures violent arrest of anti-fracking protester British activist charged with resisting arrest in Barton Moss as anger mounts online.
The Stream· Tue, Jan 21 2014 10:38:00
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O'Donnell was livestreaming trucks exiting the Barton Moss test-drilling site in Greater Manchester, where British company IGas is
for shale gas. While filming, he noticed a lorry with a number plate that he believed did not comply with British law. In the video, he attempts to alert various police officers to the number plate in question, running alongside the lorry and approaching officers standing on the road, but they do not respond to his request.
About 8 minutes into the video, officers tell O'Donnell, identified in the video by his nickname Kris, that he could be arrested for obstructing police. Shortly thereafter, he appears to fall to the ground as officers surround him. He is later heard screaming and pleading for the officers to stop beating him.
Photos appearing to show his bruised face after the incident have been widely shared on social media. The Stream reached out to the Greater Manchester Police for a comment via email and received the following response: "GMP is aware of the footage relating to yesterday's arrest and this has now been passed to the Professional Standards Branch. Officers are also looking into allegations that a lorry attending the site had an unlawful number plate. Enquiries are ongoing".
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The photo below appears to show O'Donnell before the incident.
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The incident angered many online.
He was only running down the line because he was being totally ignored if just one officer had given him any response to his concerns he wouldnt have continued. They are being arrogant and ignorant they need to start doing their job lawfully.Gaynor Done
@TWoodwards @BartonMoss Poor kris,hope he gets well soon.Find and watch the live filmed bambuser footage of him trying to report an offenceBen
This is absolutely appalling behaviour by @gmpolice Please watch this from Barton Moss. Unbelieveable.
Some shocking footage from Barton Moss:
via @youtube oh dear what has it come toAlex Coppock-Bunce
How can the offending police be held to account? This is really wrong. The world needs to know. It's as wrong as fracking is.Sastra Rothfield O'Brien
Another extremely violent arrest at #bartonmoss
the people standing up to this dangerous #fracking lie need supportJamie Kelsey-Fry
Anti-fracking protesters have been
in Barton Moss since November, and
have been arrested. While supporters of fracking have
that it could create tens of thousands of jobs in the UK, opponents say the potential risks to the environment are too great. The activists in Barton Moss appear determined to continue, and have scheduled
on January 26.