Swoop update: Injured police officer – Statement from Climate Camp
As the Swoop unfolded today, one issue the media has drawn increasing attention to has been the number of injuries sustained by protesters and police.
In particular the media has focused on one police officer who sustained head injuries and was airlifted to hospital.
The latest news is that the officer has now recovered and left hospital.
The following is a statement that has been issued by the Camp for Climate Action media team:
Statement from the Camp for Climate Action on an injured police officer.
The Camp for Climate Action has learnt from the police that a police officer is currently in hospital and wishes him a speedy recovery.
The details of what happened are currently unclear. A police officer was seen to collapse a distance away from the protest by several eye witnesses, but it is not certain at this stage whether this is the same hospitalised officer.
Currently we have no further details about any other accident involving a police officer and we will wait to see evidence presented to comment further because the police in the past have been known to misreport what happens, as was clearly the case during the G20 protests.
We do know several protesters have been injured by the police, including dog bites, a dislocated ankle and head injuries, who we hope will recover soon.
The Camp for Climate Action is at Ratcliffe to confront the causes of climate change, not get into conflict with the police.
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