Police to probe ‘woman assault’

Police to probe ‘woman assault’

The Metropolitan Police said video footage on YouTube which appears to show an officer hitting a woman during the G20 protests would be examined.

The footage shows the woman swearing at a police officer who then appears to hit her in the face on 1 April.

The officer also apparently strikes the woman on the leg with his baton.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it would look into the new footage of the London protests that has been referred to it by the Met.

The latest video comes after the IPCC began an independent inquiry into the death of 47-year-old Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests.

Mr Tomlinson died after suffering a heart attack. Witness footage apparently showed Mr Tomlinson was pushed over by a police officer shortly before his death.

A statement from the Met on the new video said: “The apparent actions of this officer raise immediate concerns.

“Once we were notified of this footage by a media agency this afternoon we began to take steps to identify this officer and are currently in the process of referring the incident to the IPCC.

“Every officer is accountable under law, and fully aware of the scrutiny that their actions can be held open to.

“The decision to use force is made by the individual police officer, and they must account for that.”


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