Thursday, April 16, 2009
Protestors will be gathering outside Scotland Yard on Thursday voicing their dissent over police tactics during the G20 demonstrations in London.
The police already under fire over the death of a man caught up in a G20 demonstration early this month, said they have suspended an officer who was filmed apparently hitting a woman at the protest.
In the amateur video, posted on YouTube, a line of police officers faces an angry crowd. One officer pushes back a shouting female protester, and when she refuses to back off, hits her on the leg with a baton.
A spokeswoman for London’s Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday the policeman’s actions “raise immediate concerns”, and later issued a statement saying: “The officer has been identified and suspended pending further investigation.”
The spokeswoman said the case had been referred to the police watchdog.
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He is the second policeman to be suspended following the demonstrations on April 1, on the eve of the G20 economic crisis summit in London, amid accusations of a heavy-handed police response to the protests.
About 4,000 people descended on the financial district for a march marred by violence and an attack on a bank, and scores of arrests were made.