Social media in the UK is awash with video showing last night’s events in Brixton. As police tried to break up an illegal street party in the south of London, the partygoers turned on the security forces and in the end, more than 20 police officers were left injured.
Conservative commentators claim that the BLM protests, which were unfortunately combined with rioting and looting, has shown European youngsters that if they are numerous enough, police cannot stop them.
Police vehicles attacked
Videos of the incidents were widely shared on social media. The one that attracted the most attention showed how police vehicles were being smashed and unarmed police officers were being chased during skirmishes with a large crowd near the Angell Town estate in Brixton, south of London.
London’s Metropolitan police declared afterwards that no less than 22 officers were left injured. Two of the officers included in the brawls required hospital treatment.
Mr Boris Johnson’s second in command, Home Secretary Ms Priti Patel, spoke today of “utterly vile scenes” and said she would be speaking to the Met police commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick.
Patel stated: “These are utterly vile scenes. Just last weekend, the whole country came together to praise our heroic police officers for putting their own lives on the line to keep us safe. I’ll be picking up with the Met commissioner immediately.”
Meanwhile the Mayor of London, Mr Sadiq Khan, said that “violence against the police will not be tolerated. Large gatherings during #COVID19 are deeply irresponsible and risk others’ lives.”
Police commander Colin Wingrove said: “Our role is to protect the public and ensure guidelines are adhered to in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, protecting the NHS and save lives.”
“Our officers work incredibly hard to engage and explain the public health message and regulations to prevent such gatherings occurring. Last night we received numerous concerns from residents complaining about a large gathering, noise, anti-social behaviour and violence and officers responded to those concerns.”
“These gatherings are unlawful, as well as posing a risk to public health and against coronavirus restrictions. The violence shown towards officers is totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in any form.”