Demonstrators clashed with police in London over the death of Edir Frederico Da Costa, a 25 year old black man who passed away six day after being arrested by officers after a traffic stop. The police watchdog said that police used force and CS spray against Da Costa during his arrest.
Earlier in the day a large crowd demonstrated in Stratford and were met with a heavy police presence. The borough commander Supt Ian Larnder, stood in the middle the protesters trying to answer their questions and calm tensions.
People angrily reacted, saying “you are protecting them” and “you have told us what you can’t do, now tell us what you can do” as members of the crowd pressed him about alleged police brutality.“I am here because l care deeply about what is going on.” Larnder also said: “Police officers are all accountable to the law, they are being investigated ... I genuinely feel for you."
The protesters returned to the Forest Gate Police Station where they continued to protest. But things quickly got out of hand once night fell. Bins were set on fire, missiles and a molotov cocktail were thrown at police. Riot police respond by pushing the protesters back with dogs. Police were able to contain the protesters within a few hours.
Four people were arrested for numerous offences including disorder, arson and criminal damage during Sundays riot. Six officers were also injured and were sent to hospital for treatment.