Officer knocked unconscious during arrest

An officer was taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious during an arrest in East London on Tuesday (August 18).

Aug 19, 2020
By Paul Jacques

The male officer was “thrown against a wall” and lost consciousness after hitting his head.

He was taken to hospital for assessment and treatment to a cut to his head. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said his injuries were “not life threatening”.

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and assaulting a police officer. He remains in police custody.

The MPS said officers had been responding to reports of a man causing a disturbance at a pub on Mare Street, Hackney, shortly before 5pm.

It added: “The man was reported to have been verbally abusive and throwing glasses.

“While attempting to arrest the man, a male officer was assaulted and thrown against a wall causing him to lose consciousness momentarily after hitting his head.”

Another officer used PAVA spray to detain the man prior to the arrival of more police units.

Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, borough commander for Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said: “This is another shocking and disgraceful example of the dangers faced by officers who day in and day out do their utmost to keep Londoners safe.

“It is important to remember that police officers are ordinary people who come into work every day not knowing what they will face and they deserve our support. My thoughts are with my injured officer and his family.”

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