Three men and a boy, 13, have been charged with assaulting an emergency worker after a police officer was filmed being thrown to the ground in Hackney.
In footage of the incident, which happened on June 10, a group can be seen crowding around the officer on the ground before he is punched and kicked in the Frampton Park Road area. Two officers, a male and a female, were injured but did not need hospital attention.
Paul Kabemba, 33, of Hackney, has now been charged with one count of assault and one count of assault on an emergency worker.
Jordan Thomas, 20, Marvin Henderson, 34, and a teenage boy, all from Hackney, have all been charged with two counts of assault on an emergency worker. The boy cannot be named due to legal reasons.
On Thursday, detectives from the Met Police said they were ‘confident that there are no suspects outstanding’.
The force explained that the officers had been ‘flagged down by a member of the public’ claiming to have been assaulted, and then directed to those seen in the video.
A spokesperson said: ‘As an officer attempted to speak with those involved, one of the men resisted and a struggle ensued. A number of other people became involved whilst the officer was on the ground.’
Footage of the incident was then widely shared on social media. Central East BCU Commander Marcus Barnet said ‘thousands’ of people had seen the clip and been ‘horrified’ by what had happened.
He continued: ‘My officers were in the process of making an arrest when they were attacked. They have suffered cuts and bruises and thank goodness they were not seriously injured.
‘They have been back out at work today, which is testament to their dedication. We have ensured the welfare of the officers and they continue to be supported by their colleagues.’
Mr Barnet added: ‘Police officers do not come to work to be attacked. I have been an officer for 27 years and incidents such as this still shock me. It is never okay.’
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