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Riot in east London: Protest at Rashan Charles death turns violent

 

 

A protest about a man’s death following a police chase turned violent on Friday night, as people erected makeshift roadblocks and threw bottles at officers.

Wheelie bins, mattresses and debris blocked part of Kingsland Road in east London, where crowds gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles.

Some of the makeshift blocks were set on fire. Riot police, including police on horseback, tried to regain control of the situation.

Riot police at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London, where people gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles. Dozens of protesters, some masked, lined the streets. Shattered glass littered the road, where a handful of protesters held Black Lives Matter placards.

At one point, a line of officers were filmed walking back in retreat as items were launched towards them

Riot police at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London, where people gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles. Riot vans brought in to control the situation also came under attack.

The protest started mid-afternoon but by early evening, it had turned violent, with attempts being made to block roads and bottles being thrown by police.

Riot police at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London, where people gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles. Later in the evening, police tweeted an image of a damaged police car and said their officers had suffered abuse and violence.

Whatever the frustrations, this is patently NOT what the family of Rashan Charles wanted, they said.

Officers have been subjected to abuse & violence. Whatever the frustrations, this is patently NOT what the family of Rashan Charles wanted.

Riot police at a protest in Kingsland Road in east London, where people gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles. They said “a number of items including bottles” were thrown at officers attending a planned protest” from 3.40pm on Friday, close to Middleton Road.

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is investigating the events leading to the death of Charles on Saturday.

Unverified footage on social media appeared to show at least one police officer attempting to restrain him on the floor of a shop at 1.45am, close to where the protest is being held.

We will independently examine the circumstances of this incident, we will follow the evidence, we will consider whether there is an indication there may have been misconduct or criminality, and we will seek to answer the questions that Rashan’s family and the community of Hackney understandably have.

The 20-year-old later died in hospital. The IPCC said in a statement on Friday: We understand the concerns raised following Rashan’s death.

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