Coronation Street’s Craig Tinker DEFENDS a racist police officer as James Bailey is arrested – leaving fans furious


CORONATION Street fans have hit out at Craig Tinker after he defended a racist police officer to his victims.

The officer – who is played by actor Colson Smith in the ITV soap – witnessed the racist arrest of James Bailey by PC Brody for nothing more than the colour of his skin.

Coronation Street’s Craig Tinker defended his racist colleague after he arrested James Bailey
The copper wouldn’t give the footballer a reason why he stopped him in the car

Professional footballer James was left injured in the incident – which only stopped when Brody discovered James was famous.

However, Craig’s lack of action left fans enraged.

He said nothing to support James and Michael – even after it was clear he saw them driving along very carefully.

And when James confronted him, he tried to weasel out of it – and even ended up defending Brody.

He told James and Michael: “I am just sorry that it had to come to this in the first place. 

“It is awful when stuff like this happens. For what it’s worth, I don’t think this was… I know PC Brody and he wouldn’t have meant it because he’s not…”

Michael tore a strip off Craig as he defended the racist officer.

He was humiliated, and left muttering: “If there’s anything you need just let me know.” 

Michael then tried to convince James to make a formal complaint about PC Brody’s actions.

But he couldn’t do it – insisting because he is black, gay and working class that it would be too much of a fight for him to take on.

However later he changed his mind after a video of his arrest was posted online and he suffered a barrage of racist comments.

He said: “Someone’s posted it online. 

“You seen the comments? Hashtag playing the race card. How the hell have they turned it on us? We’re the victims.”

Michael pressed him to report it – but fans were still angry about Craig backing the racist.

One wrote: “”I’m just sorry it had to come to this. I know PC Brody & he wouldn’t of meant it” Really Craig? Should never of happened in the first place though should it?”

A second said: “Craig needs to do the right thing and report his fellow officer.”

Another added: “Is Craig going to do the decent thing and put in a formal complaint about that copper’s behaviour?”

James was with his brother Michael
The cop told Michael to stay in the vehicle
James fell over and his career is in jeopardy

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