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Protesters throw bottles at police amid anger over black man’s death

Wheelie bins, mattresses and debris blocked part of Kingsland Road in east London.

Protesters angry at the death of a black man following a police chase barricaded a road and threw bottles at officers amid rising tensions.

Wheelie bins, mattresses and debris blocked part of Kingsland Road in east London, where crowds gathered in response to the death of Rashan Charles.

Videos posted on social media show a line of officers walking back in retreat as items are launched towards them.

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.

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.

Police face the protesters on Kingsland Road in east London (Spectrum Sino Radio/Twitter/PA)

The 20-year-old later died in hospital.

Police officers could no longer be seen at the site of the clashes but dozens of protesters, some masked, are still lining the streets.

Pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists are being told by the group not to travel through the barricade.

Mattresses and wheelie bins are strewn across the road at the protest (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Scotland Yard said it is continuing to monitor the situation and several emergency vehicles are parked nearby.

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

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.”

A lorry drove through the barricade hitting the wheelie bins lined up in its path.

A lorry attempts to drive through makeshift road blocks (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Protesters jumped on to the vehicle, clinging to the window, while one sat on a bin which was pushed along by the lorry.

A man clambered on to the roof of the vehicle but it continued to drive with people throwing bottles at it.

The man banged on top of the vehicle as it continued to drive, before stopping further down the road.

He refused to come down from the roof, shouting at police, but did so a few minutes later as officers attempted to resolve the situation.

The left side window of the lorry was shattered, along with part of the windscreen.

A man climbed onto the roof of this lorry, but was eventually persuaded to come down by police (Lauren Hurley/PA)

The lorry was driven away shortly afterwards.

Several wheelie bins had been set alight at the barricade. Shortly afterwards a mattress was thrown on top of the burning pile sending black smoke spiralling through the air. A helicopter could be heard circling above.

As riot police moved towards the barricade, two men came towards them launching bottles.

Riot police charge towards protesters (Lauren Hurley/PA)

Fireworks were also launched at police.

A stream of riot police vans then drove towards the barricade.

Police pushed down the street in an attempt to break up the group. One group charged at police launching scores of bottles, which smashed on the ground.

Restaurants and bars pulled down their shutters, locking customers inside, amid angry scenes on the streets.

Police horses were also seen speeding towards the frontline.

Riot police on horseback move towards protesters (Lauren Hurley/PA)

The windows of several shops in Kingsland High Street were smashed, with the trouble now reaching beyond Dalston Kingsland Station.

Shadow home secretary, and Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP, Diane Abbott told the Press Association: “The anger and upset at the death of Rashan Charles is understandable.

“But Rashan’s family have explicitly spoken out against hostile actions. We must respect their wishes and any protests must be peaceful.”


From Belfast Telegraph