26th Oct, 2020

'Demonstrators should think long and hard and show respect' - West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner after London protest

PROTESTORS demonstrating on Sunday outside the US Embassy in London about the death of American George Floyd should ‘think long and hard about putting additional pressure on the police’ during the pandemic.

Those were the words of West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion who added: “It is a very small minority that use protests as an opportunity for civil disobedience, and it is important to remember that police officers are there to ensure that peace is maintained, and should be treated respectfully.”

Videos of the angry scenes were shared extensively on social media with demonstrators abusing British officers by aggressively chanting abusive slogans.

Bromsgrove MP, and former Home Secretary, Sajid Javid also criticised the protestors on social media.

He tweeted a video of British police officers being abused and called for more respect.

He wrote: “Very sad to see.

“This is the same police that keeps you and your family safe. The ones that run towards danger when you runaway.”

His message was liked by more than 45,200 people and retweeted almost 8,500 times.

There were 23 arrests reported for a variety of offences, including assaults on police officers and social distancing breaches.

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration was one of many held around the World.

They followed a shocking video of Mr Floyd being held down with the then police officer kneeling on his neck.

The former officer has been charged with the 46-year-old’s murder.

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