22 police officers injured after Brixton, South London street party erupts into mob violence (VIDEOS)
Cops were pelted with bottles and other projectiles on arrival at the scene near the Angell Town housing project in Brixton.
Footage posted to social media shows a large column of law enforcement officers facing off with the crowd as they attempt to pull back.
In one video, a shirtless man can be seen standing on top of a police car as he smashes the vehicle’s windshield with a broken-off table leg. A police van was also chased and attacked by the mob.
Another video from Brixton last night. These people need locking up for a long time! pic.twitter.com/8hlKYDZYA6— Andy Goode (@AndyGoode10) June 25, 2020
The way they’re running the police out of Brixton makes me think this is Gotham City. C’mon let’s do better. pic.twitter.com/IutIMFShCC— Michael Morgan (@mikewhoatv) June 25, 2020
The Metropolitan Police Service said it had been called to the area due to noise and public safety complaints, but that the crowd had refused to cooperate. Elements eventually became “hostile” towards officers, it explained.
22 officers have been injured and police cars smashed up during "significant disorder" following a street party in Brixton last night. Footage on social media showed a line of police retreating with ppl running at them with makeshift batons “they’re taking the table” pic.twitter.com/JGngDsPB2W— Zora Suleman (@ZoraSuleman) June 25, 2020
Four arrests were made before the police were forced to withdraw to safety. The unlawful gathering was eventually dispersed in the early hours of Thursday morning.Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove branded the violence “totally unacceptable,” and said it would not be tolerated. Home Secretary Priti Patel also condemned the “utterly vile scenes” that occurred during the fracas.
BREAKING - Scotland Yard now says 22 police officers were injured in violent disorder as they tried to break-up an unlicensed music event in Brixton, south London overnight. Violence condemned by the Home Secretary @pritipatel as “utterly vile”. https://t.co/xyKBevOpWW— Mark White (@skymarkwhite) June 25, 2020
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, expressed similar sentiments, and added that the large gathering posed a health risk as the city tries to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Brixton has been the scene of a number of violent incidents over the years, including shootings and stabbings, and saw extensive rioting against what was widely perceived as racist policing, in the 80's, 90's and, most recently, in 2011.
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