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.