Black Lives Matter march held in Hatfield in response to alleged police brutality
PUBLISHED: 10:56 29 July 2020 | UPDATED: 13:19 29 July 2020
Protestors gathered in Hatfield for a Black Lives Matter march on Saturday after an alleged incident of police brutality in the town.
The march was organised in response to the arrest of a 16-year-old mixed-race boy on July 14, who was reportedly pinned to the ground by police in what he claimed was a racially-motivated attack
A Herts Black Lives Matter activist, who was one of the organisers of the event, explained it was about making the police aware that “they cannot treat people like that”.
“I think the event was decently received regardless of the weather with people honking their cars for us as we walked by and police responded quite well so I was quite pleased by that.”
Assistant Chief Constable Nat Briant said: “The event started in the town centre before moving to outside the police station. Approximately 50 members of the public took part, while officers were also present in order to ensure the safety of all concerned.
“The event was largely peaceful with the majority of attendees acting sensibly however a small minority appeared to act in a wholly unacceptable way with officers receiving verbal abuse and being spat at during the course of their duties.
“A review of possible offences occurring at the event is currently underway, and two males, aged 16 and 17, were arrested on Monday on suspicion of assault on an emergency workers. They have been released on bail while further enquiries are made.”
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