A CROWD of protesters cheered as a police officer was kicked to the ground after the Black Lives Matter demonstration yesterday in Westminster, London.
The cop and his partner were seen backing away from the jeering group as they had rubbish and offensive slurs hurled at them.
Shocking footage taken during yesterday's largely peaceful anti-racism protest shows the Metropolitan Police officers shouting into their radios as they were circled by protesters on bikes and scooters.
As they neared the Houses of Parliament, one of the crowd members ran towards one of the male officers before kicking him and knocking him to the pavement.
The man filming starts shouting "oh s**t, oh s**t!" as others are seen clapping and cheering.
As the officer fell to the ground, his hat falling off as he toppled over, his partner ran to his aid and gestured for the group to get back.
Throughout the entire video, one heroic man is seen to be walking alongside the cops, using his body as a shield.
The man, who held his arms outstretched to the crowd as he moved with the two men, appeared to be protecting the coppers from violent outbursts.
Most of yesterday's protests were peaceful after 15,000 anti-racism protesters met in Hyde Park at 1pm before marching to Westminster.
Some officers were seen "taking a knee" and shaking hands with marchers throughout the day.
The rallies began in reaction to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis, US, when a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes.
Floyd was heard desperately telling the arresting officers that he couldn't breathe repeatedly before he lost consciousness.
Star Wars star John Boyega made an impassioned speech to the crowd, which also included ex-One Direction Star Liam Payne.
Boyega told the protesters: "We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd.
"We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.
"Every black person in here remembered when another person reminded you that you were black.
"So none of you out there, all those protesters on the other side, protesting against what we want to do, protesting against what we want to try and achieve, burn you, this is so vital."
We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.
Police forces in the UK yesterday issued a joint statement saying they were" appalled and horrified" by Floyd's death.
Protesters were asked to maintain social distancing and wear protective masks to protect against coronavirus.
But by the time the protesters reached Downing Street, tensions were high – as crowd members began throwing bottles and objects at the police.
The Met Police confirmed 13 people were arrested following the disturbances near the PM's London residence.
And during yesterday evening, police in riot gear were called to Westminster after clashes broke out near to the Foreign Office and barriers were launched towards No10.
Footage from the scuffles near No10 shows objects including signs and a traffic cone being thrown at police while one protester is wrestled to the ground and restrained by officers.
Freelance journalist Mattha Busby filmed the moment and said it was "unclear exactly what started things".
"Police appeared to attempt to take a man from the crowd and pandemonium ensued," he said.
Another object, which appeared to be a plastic bottle, was also thrown at officers outside Downing Street.
One image appears to show a protester's hand coming into contact with a PC's face.
The incident sparked criticism from Tory MP Tom Tugendhat, who tweeted: "This is shameful.
"Protest in sympathy, sure, but don't attack our police who have done so much to protect all of us."
Another Conservative MP, Dehenna Davison, tweeted a photo of protesters surrounding a car and a bike and claimed they were "yelling abuse".
"Police came to intervene and formed a ring around the two vehicles. Booing and chants of 'f*** the police'. Disgusting," she said.
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