A 13-year-old boy is one of four people arrested after shocking footage of police officers being attacked on the streets earlier this week.
The footage, which Interior Minister Priti Patel described as "disgusting, shocking and shameful" on Wednesday, showed an official clashing with a suspect on the streets of Hackney.
Two men, aged 20 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer immediately after the incident, which slightly injured both police officers but did not require hospital treatment. Police have announced that a 13-year-old boy was later arrested on Wednesday evening, while officials today arrested a 34-year-old man, both on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.
Kemran, unwilling to give his last name, spotted the policeman in trouble outside a block of flats in Hackney in east London yesterday and ran down the stairs with a baseball bat to intervene before the policeman was seriously injured.
Kemran spotted the policeman in trouble in front of an apartment block in Hackney in east London yesterday and ran down the stairs to intervene before the policeman was seriously injured
While others were filming the violent attack on their cellphones – a grinning teenager posed for a selfie next to the PC who was struggling with a local suspect – Kemran tried to alleviate the situation.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, the 23-year-old said: “Nobody did anything other than film it on his cell phone, so I decided to help him.
"I would have done the same for anyone who was attacked by a larger group. If I had seen a black man attacked by a group of white men, I would help the black man.
Kemran acted as a protective shield for the officer as he tried to ward off the small crowd that was still trying to target punches and kicks. He told MailOnline today how he was trying to argue with the adolescents and asked them to withdraw for their own good so that they were not arrested.
"The policeman was beaten and kicked a few times, and I did my best to keep the guys away from him without being overly aggressive and making the situation worse," he said.
"I just saw a lone officer in need of help, and I knew that if something bad happened, the whole property would get a bad name, so I decided to intervene."
A Kemran's father remembered the drama and said to MailOnline today: “I was in the living room yesterday afternoon when I heard a lot of shouts outside, so I went to the balcony to see what was going on.
I could see a lone policeman being attacked by a group of men on the grass outside the block, and he was outnumbered. The officer was clearly in a very uncomfortable situation.
“I have a baseball bat that I play with the dog with. I hit balls to chase them down the park.
I grabbed the bat and went down the stairs. My goal was not to represent a side, but to dispel the tension.
“There is currently a lot of trouble on the street between the black community and the police. I tried to tell these boys who had circled the officer to withdraw.
I told them not to react to their anger because they would get in trouble. I told them that if other police officers got here, they would only see one of their colleagues on the floor after they were attacked, and they would arrest everyone in sight, including me. I was worried about her and worried about the officer.
"I shielded him as best I could to make sure people left him alone."
Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh praised Kemran's bravery and said, “The man seen with the baseball bat was actually trying to help the officer. He had seen several men attack him and stood between the officer and his attackers. While others were just trying to film the incident, this man did something to stop it and deserves a lot of praise for that. & # 39;
Mob rule: The kneeling male officer holds his hands on his prisoner while passersby attack him and his colleague and stand in front of the camera.
A grinning adolescent poses for a photo, with the melee unfolding behind him as the officer wrestles with the suspect on the ground
Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh, pictured left, said: "We are not society's punching bags," as national chairman John Apter pictured right added, "How dare people see and close to my colleagues in need film?"
In a firm statement on Twitter the Metropolitan Police said this morning, "Officials should be able to do their job and protect the public without fear of abuse or attack. Robbery is not" part of the job ". & # 39;
Minister of the Interior Priti Patel wrote another message today in response to the attack, saying: "The perpetrators should have no doubt that they will be exposed to the full force of the law."
Mr. Marsh warned that attacks on officials appeared to be increasing as shots of the shocking scenes that took place on a London street yesterday and were filmed from a nearby car appeared before they appeared online.
They show a uniformed PC hitting a man in Hackney, north-east London, before other men punch and kick the officer and a man appears with a baseball bat.
While a crowd gathers instead of using the PC to help, people instead pose for cell phone selfies, with the officer holding on in the background, and jostle with his colleague.
Two men, aged 20 and 32, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer immediately after the incident, which slightly injured both police officers but did not require hospital treatment.
Police have announced that a 13-year-old boy was later arrested on Wednesday evening, while officials today arrested a 34-year-old man, both on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.
Home Secretary Priti Patel led the conviction and described the attack as "disgusting, shocking, shameful" while Mr. Marsh said, "We are not society's punching bags. We have families we want to go home to at the end of every shift. But the dangers are great and seemingly escalating. & # 39;
Meanwhile, National Police Leader John Apter described the scenes as "stomach upset" and said, "How dare people see and film my colleagues in need?"
The Metropolitan Police also issued a firm statement on Twitter this morning, saying, “Yesterday two @MPSHackney officers were attacked while helping someone in need of help.
“Officials should be able to do their job and protect the public without fear of abuse or attack. Two men were arrested.
"Being attacked is not part of the job."
The suspect against whom the police officer was acting has been brought up by members of the public after reports of an attack on the police, the Met said last night, and later arrests were made.
After seeing the footage, Ms. Patel went to Twitter and described it as "disgusting, shocking, and disgraceful." "My thoughts are with the excellent officers who have been subjected to this disgusting violent attack," she said.
In another message related to the Met's tweet, she added: “All attacks on our brave police are completely unacceptable.
As the incident unfolds, the officer falls to the ground after putting his arm around another man's neck and trying to throw him to the ground
A man in a puma top runs slowly to the scene, but instead of helping the cop, he pulls out his cell phone and starts filming when the suspect yells at the policeman to leave him alone
A man stormed a hackney clash in east London with a baseball bat, although he later appeared to be a peacemaker. Moments later the officer was hit in the back of the head
As the melee develops, the bystanders crowd to the left with a policewoman trying to protect her colleague while others kick and punch the male officer on the ground
When the officer kneels, one of the crowd appears to be putting him in a headlock while a second officer tries to intervene at the scene
SAGE ADVISOR warns that unrest may break out in the UK
This summer, unrest could break out across the UK as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic begin to take hold, warned a government scientific advisor.
Professor Clifford Stott said the risk of the disorder is to an extent that was last seen during the August 2011 riots in London
Professor Clifford Stott – a member of the SAGE panel at number 10 – said that police forces are in urgent need of efforts to suppress possible unrest in the areas in which they operate and called for more "bobbies on the beat".
He claimed that the loss of mass jobs and rising unemployment due to the effects of Covid-19 combined with concerns about racial and economic inequality could lead to unrest.
The social psychologist, based at Keele University, warned of a possible gap between poorer and wealthier areas, which could be caused by local barriers if they came into effect, could also have an impact.
He told PA: "If the police do not invest in building positive police-community relationships now, there is a possibility of serious and major public unrest this summer.
“In the worst case, I think it’s not inconceivable that we could have a disturbance of the order of August 2011.
“We have to make sure that we now address the underlying causes. The conditions that led to the 2011 riots are therefore not met in the event of a triggering incident.
"Simply put, the most effective thing the police can do is get bobbies up to speed."
“The perpetrators should have no doubt that they are exposed to the full force of the law. Actions have consequences. & # 39;
Hours after the attack, Hackney's own district commander Marcus Barnett said: "This is really despicable and society should never accept such behavior – we are here to protect you! The officers are safe, but clearly shaken and also incredibly brave. Arrests are being made … it has to stop. & # 39;
Yesterday Mr. Barnett added: "Thousands of people, including myself and the official's colleague, have seen the video of this incident on social media and have been horrified by what happened.
"My officers were about to be arrested when they were attacked. They suffered cuts and bruises and thankfully they were not seriously injured. They were back at work today, which is evidence of their commitment. We have ensured the well-being of officials and they continue to be supported by their colleagues.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing and several arrests have been made.
“Police officers don't come to work to be attacked. I've been an officer for 27 years, and incidents like this still shock me. It is never okay. We are working with our community partners to discuss what happened and I hope that everyone who has witnessed what happened will come forward and speak to us. & # 39;
And Mayor Sadiq Khan of London said: “I strongly condemn the shameful attack on two police officers in the metropolitan area.
These brave officers did their duty and supported the public. We are grateful to them and I wish them a full and speedy recovery.
“Attacks on our police are not tolerated. I urge everyone to come forward with information to ensure that the perpetrators of this disgusting attack feel the full force of the law. & # 39;
The two officers were stopped yesterday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. by a member of the public who reported an attack. The victim pointed to their attacker and the officials went to speak to the parties, the Met said.
A press spokesman said: “When an officer tried to speak to those involved, one of the men resisted and there was a fight. A number of other people were involved while the officer was on site. & # 39;
Footage shared online shows a uniformed officer with an arm around a suspect's neck.
He seems to be trying to knock the suspect down, but instead they both land on their backs.
When the policeman asks for support, the man he is trying to hold on repeatedly shouts, "Leave me alone," while holding one of the policeman's wrists.
Four people, two on bicycles, quickly crowd into the argument. Two other men arrive, one with a baseball bat.
Seconds later, a blow appears to hit the back of the officer's head, which is still on the floor.
When a member of the crowd leans over to yell at the officers, his colleague arrives at the scene and yells at the crowd to "come back".
When she tries to push the crowd away, they grab her arms and start yelling at them.
One of the crowd then dances before the argument and seems to be taking a selfie.
In a separate video, members of the crowd kick the policewoman's legs as she tries to separate her colleague from the suspect.
Central East Command Unit superintendent Martin Rolston said: “This incident, which was recorded on a mobile phone, is really shocking.
My officers went to the support of a member of the public who asked for their help after finding that they had been attacked. What happened next is a reminder of the risks our officials are taking in the performance of their duties.
& # 39; It is fortunate that her injuries are not serious. There is no place for this violence on our streets.
"We work with our community partners to discuss what happened, and I hope that everyone who has seen what happened will come forward and speak to us."
Police Federation leader John Apter struck the "horrible, stomach-swirling scenes."
Disgusting behavior from those who attack the officers, from those who film what is going on, and from those who do nothing. They're cowards, most of them, ”he said.
In an interview on BBC Radio Four's Today show, he said that the number of officers injured in attacks has increased by 27 percent in the past 12 months, while more than 30,000 civil servants were attacked in England and Wales in 2018/19 alone – corresponds to 85 per day.
He added: “I have mixed feelings about video recordings because, on the one hand, how dare people see and film my colleagues in need?
“Far too many resign instead of helping someone in trouble. I accept that we have to take our own risks, but when people are in trouble, you as a citizen should take a step forward.
“For some, it's now almost like a hobby to film an attack on a police officer and publish it on social media – not to support an investigation, but to mock my colleagues and almost encourage violence against them.
"Our colleagues need to have the equipment and support to defend themselves and other members of the public. Sometimes we worry too much about how things look on our television screens and not about the safety of my colleagues."
Hackney Mayor Phillip Glanville said to followers, “Anyone who watches these videos tonight will be as shocked and horrified as I am by this attack on two Hackney officers. My thoughts are with both officers and praise their bravery when faced with this situation. Our police are here to protect us and scenes like this are unacceptable. & # 39;
Home Secretary Priti Patel described Hackney's footage this afternoon as "disgusting, shocking, and shameful". Two men were arrested and are being held at an East London police station tonight
Meanwhile, Shaun Bailey, the conservative candidate for next year's mayoral election in London, linked the incident to protests against Black Lives Matter, which the police have criticized for not taking a harder line with protesters.
"This happens when you try to soothe the mob," he tweeted. "You lose control of the streets."
POLICE & # 39; ARE NOT THE COMPANY'S PUNCHBAGS & # 39;
Senior police chiefs responded to the attack on Wednesday afternoon.
Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Police Federation, said: “We are not society's punching bags. We have families we want to go home to at the end of each shift. But the dangers are great. And apparently escalating. & # 39;
Police Federation leader John Apter said, “Terrible stomach upsets.
Disgusting behavior from those who attack the officers, from those who film what is going on, and from those who do nothing. They are cowards, most of them. & # 39;
Hackney District Commander Marcus Barnett said: “This is really despicable and society should never accept such behavior – we are here to protect you!
& # 39; The officers are safe, but clearly shaken and also incredibly brave. Arrests are being made … it has to stop. & # 39;
On Monday, Priti Patel told MPs that at least 35 officials had been injured in protests against Black Lives Matter in London when she said she "welcomed her bravery."
She said: “As the ugly record of attacks by officials shows, some demonstrators have unfortunately turned to violence and abuse over the weekend.
& # 39; This hooliganism is absolutely unjustifiable. There is no justification for it. There is no excuse to flare brave officers, throw bicycles on police horses, try to disregard the cenotaph or destroy the statue of Winston Churchill, one of the greatest protectors of our freedoms who has ever lived.
"It is not up to mobs to demolish statues and cause criminal damage in our streets, and it is not acceptable for thugs to racially abuse black policemen to do their jobs.
"The criminals responsible for these illegal and ruthless acts betray the very thing they want to serve."
Ms. Patel visited police horses in Lewisham on Wednesday.
The horses had been used when police officers across the capital responded to Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
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Now the monument to the founder of the world famous London's Guy & # 39; s and St Thomas & # 39; Hospital could be removed due to its connections to slavery – as the minister says, NO slave trader should have a statue in the UK
- Cardiff City Council supports the removal of Sir Thomas Picton from City Hall because of his slave ownership
- An obelisk dedicated to him in Carmarthen after being killed in Waterloo is also in the line of fire
- All 130 workers' councils have promised to "check the appropriateness of local monuments and statues".
- Dozens of monuments in honor of colonial figures have been removed from a hit list by activists
- The 18th century slave trader Robert Milligan's monument was uprooted from its place on West India Quay
The internationally renowned Guy and St. Thomas Hospital in London announced today that it will consider removing a statue of its founder Sir Thomas Guy – but not changing its name – as a senior minister a Black Lives Matter campaign to overthrow 70 slave trader monuments.
Sir Thomas helped build the hospital near London Bridge in 1721 after making his fortune in the 17th and 18th centuries as a major shareholder in a company that sold Slaves of the Spanish colonies.
Today Guy & # 39; s and St Thomas & # 39; welcomed the review of statues and street names by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in the capital and said the future of his own monument to his founder outside the Guy building should be in Be considered.
A statue of Sir Thomas Guy stands in front of Guy & # 39; s Hospital, which he founded in 1721 with £ 19,000 of his own money, which is equivalent to £ 2 million today. Today, the NHS Trust admitted that it was considering its removal in a Sadiq Khan review because it had made its money from slavery. Former bookseller Thomas Guy made his fortune by holding shares in the South Sea Company, which in 1713 had a monopoly on the slave trade with the Spanish colonies in South America
A spokesman said: "We recognize and understand the anger felt by the black community and are determined to do our part to end racism, discrimination and inequality." He added, "There are no plans to change the name of the hospital."
Heute sagte Boris Johnsons Wirtschafts- und Industrieminister Nadhim Zahawi, der im Irak geboren wurde und mit seinen kurdischen Eltern im Alter von neun Jahren nach Großbritannien zog, dass es in Großbritannien keine Statuen von Sklavenhändlern geben sollte.
Herr Zahawi sagte, sie sollten nicht wie Edward Colston in Bristol illegal abgerissen werden, sagte aber: „Jeder Sklavenhändler sollte keine Statue haben. Aber ich würde nicht gegen das Gesetz verstoßen, um Statuen abzubauen, es sollte durch unseren demokratischen Prozess geschehen. Es sollte an den Einheimischen liegen, zu entscheiden, was sie tun möchten. Wenn die Mehrheit der Menschen beschließt, dass wir die Statuen abbauen wollen, sollten sie abgebaut werden. "
Black Lives Matter und "Sklavenhalter" gehörten zu den Redewendungen, die auf der Statue der Königin Victoria im Woodhouse Moor Park in Leeds angebracht waren, bevor sie heute entfernt wurden.
Der nächste Herbst? Diese Hommage an Sir Thomas Picton im Rathaus von Cardiff wird voraussichtlich fallen, nachdem der Ratsvorsitzende ebenfalls seine Entfernung gefordert hat. Es gibt mindestens fünf Statuen des zweimaligen britischen Premierministers Sir Robert Peel (direkt am Parliament Square), die ebenfalls bedroht sind, weil sein MP-Vater, auch Robert Peel genannt, sich für die Fortsetzung der Sklaverei einsetzte
Eine Luftaufnahme des Sir Thomas Picton-Obelisken auf der Picton Terrace in Camerthen, Wales, die ebenfalls auf der Hitliste der BLM-Unterstützer steht. Picton war aufgrund seines brutalen Regimes als Gouverneur der Karibikinsel als "Tyrann von Trinidad" bekannt. 1806 wurde er verurteilt, die illegale Folter eines 14-jährigen Mädchens, Louisa Calderon, angeordnet zu haben. Eine Anklage, die später aufgehoben wurde.
Mindestens 72 Denkmäler zu Ehren von Kolonialfiguren wurden auf der Website "Topple the Racists" für die Zerstörung von Aktivisten ins Visier genommen. Gestern haben sie die Entfernung des Sklavenhändlers Robert Milligan aus dem 18. Jahrhundert von außerhalb des Londoner Museums am West India Quay in den Docklands erzwungen
Jetzt wurden mindestens 72 Denkmäler zu Ehren von Kolonialfiguren auf der Website "Topple the Racists" für die Zerstörung von Aktivisten ins Visier genommen. Gestern haben sie die Entfernung des Sklavenhändlers Robert Milligan aus dem 18. Jahrhundert von außerhalb des Londoner Museums am West India Quay in den Docklands erzwungen.
Die Entfernung einer Statue des sogenannten "Tyrannen von Trinidad", Sir Thomas Picton, aus dem Rathaus von Cardiff steht kurz vor dem Erfolg aller 130 britischen Behörden von Labour stimmte zu, eine Liste umstrittener Statuen in ihren Gemeinden zu erstellen, die abgerissen werden könnten, nachdem Edward Colstons am Sonntag in Bristol zerstört worden war.
Der Vorsitzende des Stadtrats von Cardiff, Huw Thomas, hat die Kampagne unterstützt, um sie niederzureißen, und sie als "Affront" gegen Schwarze in der walisischen Hauptstadt bezeichnet, weil er Dutzende von Sklaven hingerichtet hat. Er wurde sogar in England vor Gericht gestellt, weil er ein 14-jähriges Mädchen illegal gefoltert hatte – äußerst selten um die Wende des 19. Jahrhunderts -, aber nach seiner Verurteilung legte er erfolgreich Berufung ein.
While noting Picton's statue commemorated his part in the Napoleonic Wars and being the highest ranking officer to die at Waterloo, Councillor Thomas said: 'The growing awareness and understanding of the brutal nature of his governorship of Trinidad and his involvement in slavery makes it, in my view, very difficult to reconcile his presence in City Hall'.
A 25ft obelisk dedicated to him on the outskirts of Carmarthen town centre, which has been there since 1888, is also subject to a petition for removal. It stands on Picton Terrace, which also faces calls to be renamed.
The next in line? BLM supporters have pinpointed a list of their next targets, but the most widely shared are (top left to bottom right) 1) Lord Nelson – tried to stop abolition (Nelson's column) 2) Sir Thomas Picton 3) Thomas Guy – London, Guy's Hospital 4) Sir Robert Peel 5) Sir Francis Drake 6) William Beckford 7) Henry Dundas 8) Clive of India 9) John Cass 10) General Sir Redvers Buller 11) Lord Kitchener 12) Ronald Fisher 13) Lord Grey – Grey's Monument – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Grainger Street 14) Oliver Cromwell – Statue – London, Houses of Parliament 15) Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde – Statue – Glasgow, George Square 16) William Ewart Gladstone 17) William Leverhulme – Statue – Wirral, outside Lady Lever Art Gallery 18) William Armstrong – Memorial – Newcastle Upon Tyne, Eldon Place 19) King James II – Statue – London, Trafalgar Square 20) General James George Smith Neill, Wellington Square, Ayr
BLM had their first success last night after the Museum of London and Tower Hamlets Council agreed to remove a statue of Robert Milligan, a slave trader and plantation owner, from Docklands
Exeter City Council, a Labour authority, will review the future of the city's statue of General Redvers Buller – who was linked to the introduction of concentration camps in the Boer War. The Old Etonian was awarded the Victoria Cross in the Zulu War after rescuing a number of comrades under fire, before being promoted to the Head of the Army and sent to South Africa at the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899.
There are at least five statues of two-time British prime minister Sir Robert Peel also under threat because his MP father, also called Robert Peel, campaigned for slavery to continue. His son is considered the father of the modern police, after setting up the Met as Home Secretary in 1829. Some BLM supporters are also angry because of his links to policing.
In Edinburgh SNP city council leader Adam McVey said he would feel 'no sense of loss' if a statue to Henry Dundas, who delayed the abolition of slavery, was removed, amid mounting calls for action in the Scottish capital.
Also in Scotland a memorial to General James George Smith Neill, which stands in Wellington Square, Ayr, is also under threat. General Neill served during the Indian rebellion of 1857 and accused of ordering the deaths of many Indians following the Bibighar massacre.
Plymouth council said a public square named after slave trader Sir John Hawkins would be renamed while in nearby Exeter council chiefs will review the future of the city's statue of General Buller, who is rumoured to have had a hand in the introduction of concentration camps seen during the Boer War.
A debate has erupted over the legacy of 19th century prime minister Sir Robert Peel after those calling for his statues to be removed were accused of targeting the wrong man.
The equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington with a traffic cone on his head and wearing a face mask in Glasgow today
Lancashire-born Sir Robert, who is best known for founding the Metropolitan Police, is immortalised in a number of statues across the north of England and Scotland.
Five of these – in Leeds, Glasgow, Bury, Manchester and Preston – were included on a map of possible other targets following the toppling of the monument to Edward Colston in Bristol.
The Glasgow statue was daubed with graffiti at the weekend.
But many people have come to the two-time PM's defence, suggesting anti-racist campaigners may have got the wrong Sir Robert.
Graffiti on a statue of Robert Viscount Melville in Edinburgh – who delayed the abolition of slavery – as the city council leader said he would not be unhappy if it want
References to him being a vocal opponent of the abolition of slavery because it threatened his fortune in the cotton trade appear to have confused him with his father, also called Sir Robert Peel.
At a press conference in Leeds on Wednesday, Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake said: 'There seems to be now a recognition that there has been some misunderstanding about the Robert Peel whose statue is in Leeds and that it was actually his father who worked in the cotton trade.
'It's very interesting looking at comments over in the North West where he was born in Bury. There's a really strong reaction that actually Robert Peel was a reformer and did do many things that have had a lasting impression and impact, not least establishing a police force that doesn't carry arms.'
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: 'I think there is a feeling there is a misunderstanding here which is that his father had links to the slave trade rather than Peel himself, or the Peel who is commemorated in different places in Greater Manchester.