British Transport a police have been accused of taking a heavy handed approach with a disabled man after a video emerged showing an officer pepper spraying a disabled man at the Critical Mass cycling gathering on African evening.
Amateur footage captured by a onlooker showed the officer attacking the man. According to the user who recorded the footage "In the early stages of the Monthly Critical mass Bike ride a British Transport Police Officer pepper-sprayed a disabled man in a shoprider who had been apparently hit by a car along with several others."
"During the melee as the officer is pulling out the pepper spray, a fellow female police medic attempts to stop the action, but is struck back and the officer sprays the disabled man and most of us in the crowd, not satisfied, he then whips out his telescopic truncheon and trys to apply a wrist lock / neck Lock on the Disabled man using the truncheon."
Police confirmed that more than 130 people were arrested because they were defying police instructions "not to cycle near the Olympics venues in east London during the opening ceremony."
"The procession usually attracts approximately 100 cyclists, but on this occasion around 400-500 people gathered near Waterloo at approximately 6pm. Officers believe this may have included other individuals or groups not normally part of the monthly procession.
"As the procession last night had the potential to cause serious disruption to the life of the community, the Metropolitan Police Service applied conditions under Section 12 of the Public Order Act. The participants in the procession were informed of these conditions."
Bail condition have allegedly appeared online. Many have criticised the police handling of the situation. According to the Independent, conditions included that the procession should end no later than 3am today, and that participants must not enter any part of the Olympic Route Network (ORN), and participants must remain south of the River Thames.