Harassment of UK Chief Medical Officer raises security questions

Police are investigating video footage showing British chief medical officer Chris Whitty being arrested by two men in a park in London.

Whitty’s allegedly harassed footage has appeared on social media for the third time and has been asked if he needs to be assigned personal protection.

The footage shows two men ridiculing as they grab Whitty, who appears to be struggling to free themselves.

At one point, I hear one of them say, “Please give me one?”

When you see a line of police vans in the background, you’ll hear a voice saying, “Leave the gentleman alone” before the clip ends.

Whitty became a popular name when he regularly appeared with Prime Minister Boris Johnson early in the pandemic, explaining on television the scientific advice behind the British government’s pandemic response and asking questions. It was.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) and England Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty at the Downing Street Briefing in London on February 15, 2021. (Stephan Rousseau / Pool / AFP)

The Metropolitan Police Department said in a Twitter statement: “We are aware that a video showing the incident at St. James’s Park is being shared online. Officers spoke to everyone involved at the time and their details were taken.”

“We are in contact with the victim and the situation is still being investigated.”

Security specialist Will Geddes told The Epoch Times that he was “surprised” that Whitti didn’t have any personal protection officers.

Whether the man’s motive was to take a selfie innocently or to scare and harass Whitty, it would have been a “very traumatic and horrifying episode.”

“This in itself raises serious concerns about the lack of personal protection personnel. I would have thought that this should clearly be present in these slightly inflamed times.” Mr. Geddes said.

The Metropolitan Police Department has not responded to requests for further comment or explanation as to whether Whitti was provided with protection.

Interior Minister Priti Patel told The Times of London that he couldn’t comment on whether Whitti needed security, but said, “Ensuring that Chris has the right kind of support. Is important. “

Fuel your smartphone

In his experience of protecting public figures, Geddes said the advent of smartphones and social media has helped the growth of such incidents.

“By posting specific content on social media, we’ve clearly seen the real amplification of those who want to achieve infamy, fame, awareness and exposure. Now, inevitably, more controversy. You’ll see people raising their ante every time they get a brewing post or video footage, “he said.

He said the security industry is looking to see if anyone is in the public domain to assess risk and that the infamy is not accidental or intentional.

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Chris Whitti, Chief Medical Officer of the United Kingdom, provides updates on the pandemic that took place on Downing Street in London on March 29, 2021. (Hollie Adams / Pool / AFP)

“I certainly protected many people in the same category as Professor Whitti. They probably accepted their first role and contributed their experience and expertise to the better interests of everyone around them. I feel like I am, “he said.

“But inevitably, every opinion always has two sides. There will be those who support it and those who oppose it. And, inevitably, the most of the opposition that actually makes it an exception. There is a distant range. “

This is not the first time Whitty has been forced to endure public harassment.

Earlier this month, he faced a man on the streets of Oxford accusing him of publicly lying about the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, and in February a man walking in Westminster charged the Chief Medical Officer.

The man filmed the incident on his mobile phone.

Geddes said he wanted Whitti to be provided to guardians after the incident. When people refuse protection, he often says that they don’t understand what it is and that it can be offered in a “very unobtrusive, privacy-respecting way.” Said.

Parliamentarians from the entire political spectrum blamed the male behavior in the video.

“I was shocked by the video,” said Boris Johnson.

“I blame the actions of these thugs,” he said. Written on twitter.. “Our hard-working civil servants do not have to face this kind of intimidation on our streets and we do not tolerate it.”

Whitti wiped out the February incident and picked it up at a press conference in Downing Street shortly thereafter.

He told the viewer: Frankly, I wasn’t thinking about anything. Importantly, I was very surprised that it was featured in the media. “

PA contributed to this report.

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