Police horse runs wild during Black Lives Matters protests in London
How BLM protester hurled a bike at police horse, which then bolted down Whitehall and slammed its rider into a traffic light before the animal collided with another woman demonstrator
- A police horse injured one woman as protestors clashed with police on Saturday
- The Black Lives Matters protests saw thousands of people take to London streets
- Demonstrators clashed with police in the city centre with bicycles being thrown
- One officer was unseated from her horse, which then ran into crowds of civilians
Distressing video footage tonight has captured the moment a terrified police horse bolted through Westminster and slammed its rider into a traffic light amid chaotic scenes at the Black Lives Matter protest.
Video footage shows the demonstration in central London turning violent as protestors begin to launch projectiles at police officers following hours of peaceful rallies.
Amid the tense backdrop, a masked protestor is spotted purposefully rolling a Boris bike straight in to the path of a group of police horses.
The bike is believed to then hit one of the horses, causing it to panic and bolt straight down Whitehall.
Horrified demonstrators scatter to avoid the runaway horse, which then slams its police rider into a traffic light, causing her to fall to the floor. Other mounted officers then rush to the scene.
The horse turns around, and knocks a pedestrian to the ground before galloping off to escape the crowded area.
Met Police have confirmed the officer is now in hospital recovering from her injuries, while her horse made it back to its stables nearby on its own.
Demonstrators were caught launching bicycles at police horses during violent scenes on Whitehall, central London on Saturday
One masked man was seen purposefully rolling a Boris bike straight into the path of a mounted horse. Others were seen on social media throwing projectiles such as water bottles at riot police
A police horse, believed to have a female rider, bolts after being hit with a bicycle. The horse quickly turns and makes its way down Whitehall as terrified crowds scatter to get out of the way
Footage captures the moment the horse’s rider is slammed into a traffic light post close to Downing Street
The runaway police horse then turns back on itself, slamming a demonstrator to the ground as it attempts to flee the scene
The injured officer is seen being pulled off the street by two other officers and a protestor. Met Police have confirmed she is recovering in hospital
When contacted for comment by the Mail Online, the Metropolitan Police were still waiting to hear confirmation about the officer’s condition.
The incident occured as thousands of protestors took to the streets of London to protest against police brutality, following the death of US citizen George Floyd at the hands of Minessota police officer Derek Chauvin and other members of the police.
Protestors congregated in Parliament Square and Downing Street before moving across the other locations in the English capital including Battersea and Victoria.
The scenes on Saturday are the latest in a string of protests to have taken place throughout the week in London.
The officer (pictured) lay motionless on the floor following the incident near Downing Street on Saturday afternoon
The officer was moved to the pavement (pictured) after he collided with a traffic light whilst moving at high-speed on the horse
Black Lives Matters protestors clashed with police in central London on Saturday (pictured)
Demonstrators also congregated in Parliament Square, whilst holding signs and kneeling down on one knee
Protestors let off flares near Downing Street (pictured) on Saturday afternoon during the demonstrations
The demonstrations occurred despite please from Government ministers, including Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock, to not break lockdown regulations and attend the protests.
Some protestors were seen wearing face masks and other means of protective equipment.
Elsewhere in London, popular boxer Anthony Joshua attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration in his hometown of Watford.
The heavyweight boxing champion made a passionate speech calling for the need to ‘speak out in peaceful demonstrations’ and not to protest with ‘selfish motives and turning it into rioting and looting’.
There have also been protests in major UK cities such as Manchester, Cardiff, Sheffield and Newcastle.
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