Police injured in protest over stop death of 25-year-old


Six officers have been injured as protesters set fires and threw bricks during clashes with police over the death of a man after a traffic stop.

Campaigners demanded justice for Edir Frederico Da Costa who died on June 21.

They claim the 25-year-old’s neck was broken and he was “brutally beaten” when the car, carrying three people, was stopped in Beckton, east London.

It is believed police used used force and sprayed Mr Da Costa with CS gas.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died six days later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which is investigating, said a preliminary post-mortem indicated there were no spinal injuries caused by police.

Protesters, some carrying Black Lives Matter posters and others with homemade placards which read “Justice for Edson + How Many More???”, marched from Forest Gate to Stratford on Sunday.

The atmosphere calmed as a minute’s silence was held at 8.40pm with the crowd holding clenched fists in the air.

But tempers flared again as the skies darkened and riot police wearing helmets and carrying shields pressed forward in a line from the police station at around 9.35pm.

Bricks were ripped from a wall and thrown at officers while firefighters, protected by police, hosed out a fire which had been set in a bin in Richmond Road.

One male officer suffered facial injuries and a female officer sustained head injuries, Scotland Yard said.

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

Family campaigners insisted the event had been set up as a peaceful march and they did not condone the violence

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,” he said.

When one of the campaigners asked if the officers involved in the incident were still working, he said: “I am pretty sure they have not been suspended but removed from operational duties.”



Source : http://www.itv.com/news/2017-06-26/police-injured-in-protest-over-stop-death-of-25-year-old/

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