Arrests made after London protest over death of man turns violent

Flowers have been laid outside the Yours Locally shop in Kingsland Road in memory of Rashan Charles
Flowers have been laid outside the Yours Locally shop in Kingsland Road in memory of Rashan Charles
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30 July, 2017

The streets of the eastern part of London have been thronged by scores of protesters demonstrating over the death of a 20-year-old after being forcefully pinned down by police in an arrest.

After a Rashan Charles demo descended into violence against the police in London last night, Diane Abbott MP has called for an end to hostility.

The head of CUSU's BME campaign sparked controversy last night over a series of provocative tweets about protests taking place in Dalston at the time. "Burning down your own homes, burning down your neighborhood is not going to give you justice".

The Metropolitan Police said the 20-year-old had been chased on foot after officers had attempted to stop a auto in Kingsland Road, Hackney during the early hours of last Saturday (July 22) morning.

"No justice, no peace doesn't mean violence - it means we will not watch this in silence", he added on their behalf.

The Charles family re-issued a statement first released on Monday, calling for calm.

"I will not rest until those questions are answered", she said.

Ms Abbott referred to the "understandable anger" of people in Mr Charles's community but said demonstrations "must be peaceful".

Demonstrators outside Stoke Newington Police Station for a protest about the death of Rashan Charles
Demonstrators outside Stoke Newington Police Station for a protest about the death of Rashan Charles

In 2011, after the deadly shooting of Mark Duggan, protesting crowds clashed with police, destroyed cars and property and the incidents turned into a 5 day-long riot in many locations in London and towns across England.

The IPCC said in a statement responding to the protest: "We understand the concerns raised following Rashan's death. Whatever the frustrations, this is patently NOT what the family of Rashnan Charles wanted".

Later in the evening, police tweeted an image of a damaged police vehicle and said their officers had suffered "abuse and violence".

Charles' death comes less than one month after Edson Da Costa, also a young black man and father, died in police custody.

Dramatic footage showed more than a dozen officers retreating from protesters who launched objects at them.

His death is under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Campaigners claim Da Costa's neck was broken and that he was "brutally beaten" after the auto, containing three people, was halted in Woodcocks, Beckton.

His death is also being investigated by the IPCC, which has revealed an early pathology report shows he had "a number of packages in his throat" when he died.


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