The art appeared on an underpass near the Waterside Pub in Kidderminster, Worcestershire (Picture: SWNS)
A terminally-ill dad says he is amazed after being honoured with a street art mural of his arrest last week that could be by Banksy.
Darrell Meekcom, 55, was wrestled to the ground by six police officers after he mooned a speed camera van as part of his ‘bucket list’ ambitions after being diagnosed.
Video of the incident showed how he was held down on the ground by police and handcuffed.
After it went viral, he was contacted by an anonymous person saying they represented an ‘international street artist’ on Wednesday morning.
He talked to them, but didn’t think much of it – until he was told yesterday that the painting had been finished.
It shows a colourful Bart Simpson mooning in front of two black and white police officers in full riot gear with batons, in graffiti on an underpass near the Waterside Pub in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
Father-of-two Darrell, who was recently diagnosed with multiple system atrophy, is a retired university lecturer who also suffers with Parkinson’s Disease and heart and kidney problems.
He has described the police response to him as an ‘abuse of power and privilege’.
His wife Sarah, 36, filmed the police response after they came to their home and allegedly kicked down the garden gate.
‘It is a David and Goliath story really,’ Darrell said. ‘All I wanted was recognition for the MSA trust.’
Describing the arrest, he said: ‘They saw me as a big fellow. They maybe perceived me as a threat, but because of my illnesses a five-year-old child could knock me over.
‘I use a wheelchair and need a zimmer frame to get out of bed.
‘They could have killed me very easily and even when I calmly explained the situation, they carried on restraining me and cuffing me from behind.
‘They did not even provide care for me when I was in custody despite my various conditions and suffering a blow to the head.
‘I did not resist arrest once and I felt the response was completely disproportionate in the circumstances.’
Inspired by the original story, the anonymous artist told Darrell that the police were purposely painted in black to represent the ‘disproportionate use of force’ and the ‘dark and oppressive nature of the police’, while Bart Simpson was depicted as ‘cheeky, comical and playful’.
Darrell Meekcom standing next to wall graffiti at Canal Watermill in Kidderminister (Picture: Anita Maric/SWNS)
It is suspected to be a Banksy (Picture: Anita Maric/SWNS)
Darrell added: ‘The Bart Simpson is me. It is awesome. It is a fun story.
‘Many people will be able to see this now – it is really cleverly done.
‘When I got there this morning, you could smell it was all fresh paint.
‘My, wife and two kids went down there and had some pictures taken. You could see people walking past and wondering what was going on.
‘The artist wants to remain anonymous.’
The graffiti is in the style of famous street artist Banksy, who champions the underdog in many of his pieces.
Darrell, who was diagnosed with nervous system condition Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) last month, says the life expectancy following a diagnosis is around six years, although this varies from person to person.
When he was released from custody, he said his vision was blurred and he also suffered two seizures.
He went to Kidderminster Hospital and was later referred to Worcestershire Royal Hospital due to fears he suffered a bleed to the brain.
Darrell, who used to lecture medical students at Birmingham City University, added: ‘I feel like I have been abused. It was outrageous bullying.
‘I was simply gobsmacked that I got arrested for mooning a speed camera.
‘It is something I had always wanted to do because I’d been caught by them a couple of times for silly speeds like 35mph in a 30 zone and it always bugged me.’
Darrell – who also has a bungee jump, parachuting and to run naked at a Premiership rugby match on his bucket list – says he has reported the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
In a statement, West Mercia Police said: ‘Around 1pm on Friday 5 November officers received a report of indecent exposure on Stourbridge Road, Kidderminster.
‘Officers attended and after a search of the area, located a person of interest in Coiey Close.
‘A 55-year-old man from Kidderminster was arrested on suspicion of public order offences and dangerous driving and released on bail.’
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