1 police officer injured as protest over black man’s death turns violent in London
British police said Saturday that an officer was injured after a peaceful London protest over the death of a young black man following a police chase turned violent.
Clashes broke out on the streets of East London late Friday as riot police tried to disperse protesters, who hurled bottles and fireworks at officers, set garbage cans on fire and barricaded a road. Some held placards reading “Black Lives Matter.”
Scotland Yard said the violence overnight was separate from a peaceful protest at a police station earlier Friday over the death of 20-year-old Rashan Charles.
Charles died in a hospital last week after he was pursued and apprehended by an officer in East London’s Hackney area. The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the case and said it would consider whether any misconduct or crimes were involved.
Police said the clashes Friday resulted in damage to “vehicles, a cash machine and a number of windows.” A 17-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of causing bodily harm over the disorder.
Some protesters threw bottles at officers while others blocked part of a road with garbage cans and mattresses, preventing cyclists and drivers from passing.
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