I'm not about to accuse people of being fully paid-up members of the tin-foil-hat-brigade, or anti-police over this - I do get the point you're making - he's a kid, and it always looks harsh when you see such things on video footage.
But lost in the mire of almost polar opposite positions, there's points to be made - if he was too young, where' the responsible adult / parent who should be in some control? Secondly, this is not just your average, passing street event. Thirdly, thousands of others manage to watch and enjoy this without being dragged out of the crowd. Fourthly, it looks harsh, and all, but beyond the odd bump or bruise, he's probably just fine, and had his eyes opened a bit. Seventeenthly, had this been a different sort of event, say, with royalty or visiting dignitaries, I suspect there would be much the same response - albeit with better crowd management, so that people couldn't so easily breach the "bubble". Problem is, in this type of event, going over such a distance, there's not really the likelihood you can have the same degree of crowd control or barriers.
The way I see it, these types of incidents always look harsh. Do I think the security guy did anything wrong? No. With hindsight would he have done differently - possibly, who knows. Problem is, he would have had to react swiftly, I don't think there's the likelihood he could have just pushed / shoved the kid back the same side - after all, he could have risked injuring others, or creating a bigger incident. They'd also have to be mindful that it wasn't some kind of distraction.
I've seen footage of police (are these police officers manning this security "bubble"?) behaving like thugs - and I recognise it when I see it. I'm not seeing it here, though - perhaps a bit trigger-happy, but hardly just sticking the boot in.
Some can say that it's an example of a growing divide betwixt public and police - evidence of contempt and distance from security personnel and Joe Public. All the time, though, and I can't help but think most managed to behave and not cause any incident. That a very few didn't - well is that evidence of fecklessness on their behalf, or over-confidence? Either way, there were lessons well learnt, there. I see no wrong in what the security people did. Perhaps with hindsight, it seems a tad harsh for some, but how else are they supposed to operate?
All the while, I feel we're excusing the behaviour of some, that really didn't need to behave like this - it was either stupid, or showing off - and there's plenty of opportuinity to do so when there isn't a security escort around.
I'm not suggesting that everybody in society should have to walk around in fear of what Judge Dredd is about to do - just that there's a time and place for acting up - and this wasn't it. That a couple of people learned the hard way - I don't think that's inherently a bad thing. And as I said, I have seen video footage of coppers abusing their "authority" and behaving like thugs - I just don't think this is an example of it, that's all.
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