Rashan Charles death: Protesters clash with police in east London as tensions mount | London


Protesters have barricaded Kingsland Road and thrown bottles at officers amid rising tensions nearly a week after a black man died following a police chase.

Wheelie bins, mattresses and debris blocked part of the road near Dalston Junction overground station where crowds gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles.

Scotland Yard said “a number of items including bottles” were thrown at officers attending a “planned protest” from 3.40pm on Friday, close to Middleton Road.

They said it is continuing to monitor the situation.

Shattered glass litters the road, where a handful of protesters are holding Black Lives Matter placards.

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

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.

“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.”



Source : http://www.itv.com/news/london/2017-07-28/rashan-charles-death-protesters-clash-with-police-in-east-london-as-tensions-mount/

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