London protests erupt over death of Rashan Charles


Anger spills into the streets after 20-year-old Rashan Charles, a black father, died having been forcefully pinned down.

Source:  Aljazeera

Protesters angry over the death of a young black father after he was restrained by an officer have faced off with riot police in east London.

Clashes erupted on the streets of Hackney late on Friday, as police on horseback armed with batons tried to disperse the protesters, some of whom held “Black Lives Matter” placards.

Authorities are investigating the events that preceded the death of 20-year-old Rashan Charles.

He died in a London hospital on July 22, shortly after he was tackled to the floor and apprehended by a white officer in a small grocery shop.

A member of the public joined that officer in forcefully pinning Charles to the floor.

The moment Charles was restrained was caught on CCTV camera and has been shared widely on social media.

Friday’s clashes were reminiscent of an uprising in England in 2011, which saw public anger explode on the streets following the death of a British black man, Mark Duggan, at the hands of police.

Protesters lit mattresses on fire and smashed shopfronts of some local businesses. Some threw bottles at police.

A police spokeswoman said she could not immediately confirm the number of arrests.

Meanwhile, Charles’ family has set up a GoFundMe page that has so far collected more than $1,700, all of which is going towards funeral costs.

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