Police fury at bystanders filming officer knocked off bike

Police fury at ‘absolutely disgusting’ bystanders who filmed an injured officer knocked off his bike during a chase, instead of helping him

  • West Midlands Police tweeted its shock at bystanders filming an injured officer
  • The officer was pursuing a suspect thought to have stolen a yellow off road bike 
  • Officer was taken to hospital and discharged with ‘bumps, bruises and shock’
  • The incident occurred on Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry on Wednesday

A police force has vented its fury at ‘absolutely disgusting’ bystanders who filmed an officer being knocked off his bike during a pursuit instead of helping him. 

The West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team tweeted on Wednesday it was ‘very disappointed’ about the incident that occurred on Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry. 

The policeman was chasing down a suspected bike thief when he was knocked off his own bike. 

Witnesses whipped out their mobile phones to film the incident, instead of rushing to help, according to police.

West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team tweeted on Wednesday it was ‘very disappointed’ about the incident that occurred on Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry

The policeman was chasing down a suspected bike thief when he was knocked off his own bike

The officer was taken to hospital and later discharged with ‘bumps, bruises and a bit of shock’, reported the BBC. 

The West Midlands Police Road Harm Reduction Team wrote: ‘Very disappointed to report that when one of our team was knocked off his bike while pursuing a stolen bike the first thing that people thought to do was to record the incident on their mobile phones rather than help the rider. 

‘Luckily we were close!’ 

The West Midlands Police Force Contact shared the tweet and added: ‘Absolutely disgusting behaviour.

‘For those filming our injured colleague…the difference between us & you is if you ever need our help in future, we will still respond.’ 


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The officer was taken to hospital and later discharged with ‘bumps, bruises and a bit of shock’. Pictured: Stoney Stanton Road where the incident occurred

Police are asking anyone with information about the stolen vehicle, described as a yellow off road bike, to contact them

Responding to shocked replies, the Road Harm Team account replied to a man who said his ambulance crew had gone through a similar experience, writing: ‘I think people forget that we are still human underneath that uniform.’

The WMP Force Contact account added: ‘Humans behind the uniform and humans behind the headsets, whether blue, red or green. 

‘Incidents like this are becoming all to common.’  

Police are asking anyone with information about the stolen vehicle, described as a yellow off road bike, to contact them.   

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