‘Attack’ on Hackney police officers circulates social media

A video on Twitter has been watched thousands of times. Picture: Met Police

A video on Twitter has been watched thousands of times. Picture: Met Police - Credit: Archant

A video of police officers being “attacked” by a group of men in Hackney is circulating social media.

https://twitter.com/CrimeLdn/status/1270801995230785544

In the footage, which has been watched more than 267,000 times on Twitter since it was posted yesterday (June 10), two police officers can be seen fending off a group of men, one of which has a bat-like item.

It starts with one officer being held on the floor with his mouth covered, before a second officer steps in to the confrontation and calls for backup.

“This is truly despicable and society should never accept such behaviour - we are here to protect you,” BCU Cmdr Marcus Barnett tweeted.

“The officers are safe, but clearly shaken and incredibly brave too. Arrests will be made... This must stop.”

READ MORE: Police release image of car connected to Lower Clapton ShootingHackney mayor Philip Glanville said: “Anyone seeing these videos tonight will be as shocked and horrified as I am by this attack on two Hackney police officers.


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“My thoughts are with both officers and praise their bravery when faced with this situation. Our police are here to protect us and scenes like this are unacceptable.”

He later added: “Elsewhere on Twitter I have already seen people quickly making disgusting racist comments about this incident. This is also unacceptable and an attack not just on Hackney’s diverse communities, but also the @MPSHackney who as this video shows are also diverse public servants.”

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The original Tweet, which was posted by @CrimeLdn, has been retweeted about 1,900 times.

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