Forest Gate ‘riot’: Moment protesters clash with police

This is the moment angry protesters clashed with police as a demonstration turned violent in east London.

Shocking footage shows riot officers lining the streets as they try to contain demonstrators attempting to push through their human barrier.

A young woman standing on a raised platform can be seen shouting: “free land” at the officers amid the chaotic scenes in Forest Gate.

She is joined by two other women on the platform who can also be seen remonstrating with police.

Six officers were injured and four were taken to hospital as clashes erupted following the death of a young father after a traffic stop.


Forest Gate: Riot police tried to contain crowds as the protest descended into chaos

Other images from the scene showed riot police lining the streets as angry demonstrators set fire to bins and hurled bricks at officers on Sunday night.

Four people were arrested for offences including disorder, arson and criminal damage in connection to the chaos.

Crowds had joined a march demanding justice for Edir Frederico Da Costa, a 25-year-old man who died after being detained by police on June 21.


Protesters were pictured lighting fires in the streets of east London (PA)

He died in hospital after being stopped in a car by Metropolitan Police officers in Newham six days earlier.

Campaigners claim Mr Da Costa’s neck was broken and that he was “brutally beaten” after the car, which contained three people, was stopped in Woodcocks, Beckton.

But watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said a preliminary post-mortem on Thursday indicated there were no spinal injuries caused by police.

Bricks and other objects are thrown at police during violent protests in Forest Gate

In statement on Friday, the IPCC said it released the information due to concern over “rapid spread of false and potentially inflammatory information.”

The protest descended into violence hours after the march began on Sunday afternoon, when the demo began outside Forest Gate police station.

Two police cars were damaged in the shocking scenes. And of the six injured officers, one suffered facial injuries and another suffered head injuries.

In statement, the Met said most of the protesters had dispersed by 3am. 

A spokesman said: “Four people have been arrested. One person was arrested on suspicion of disorder offences; three others were arrested on suspicion of arson and criminal damage. 

“They have all been taken to east London police stations where they remain in custody.”


Riot police lined the streets as demonstrators gathered in Forest Gate (PA)

Earlier in the day, the protest appeared to be peaceful – with demonstrators carrying Black Lives Matter banners and chanting “justice for Edson.”

Borough Commander Superintendent Ian Larnder tried to calm tensions as he answered questions from organisers, telling the crowd: “I am here because l care deeply about what is going on.”

But a flurry of angry comments such as “you are protecting them” was hurled at Mr Larnder as members of the crowd pressed him about alleged police brutality.

“Police officers are all accountable to the law, they are being investigated,” Mr Larnder said.

Witnesses told of car windows being smashed and missiles being thrown as the protest threatened to spill into a “full blown riot.”

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