Dramatic video: Police officer on horseback smashes into traffic lights during London protest
- A police officer was thrown from her horse after appearing to collide with a traffic light as mounted police charged into a crowd of anti-racism protesters in London on Saturday.
- In a widely-circulated video, police officers on horseback can be seen charging down the street to disperse a crowd after they started throwing projectiles at them.
- The officer is currently receiving treatment for her injuries in hospital, which are not life-threatening, police said, adding that the horse is also uninjured and "made its own way back to the stables."
- Thousands of people gathered in London and across the UK to join the ongoing protest against police brutality and racism sparked by the death of George Floyd.
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A police officer was thrown from her horse and crashed onto the street after appearing to hit a traffic light as mounted police charged anti-racism protesters in central London on Saturday.
After a largely peaceful day of protests near Downing Street, a small number of people started throwing projectiles, fireworks, and bottles at police, who responded with a mounted charge to disperse them.
A widely-circulated video on social media shows a line of police officers on horseback moving quickly down the street as protesters start screaming.
One police officer appears to hit a set of traffic lights at high speed, flinging her on to the street. The spooked horse continues to run into the crowd, knocking a protester to the ground.
Watch the incident unfold below:
The officer is currently receiving treatment for her injuries in hospital, which are not life-threatening, according to the BBC.
The horse is also uninjured and "made its own way back to the stables, nearby," the Metropolitan Police (MET) said, adding that it would also examine "the full circumstance of what took place."
A total of 14 people were arrested and 10 officers were injured, according to the MET.
Thousands of people gathered in London and across the UK to join the ongoing protest against police brutality and racism that was sparked by the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man from Minneapolis who died after a white policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
The demonstrations have since spread across the world, with people taking to the street in other cities, including Berlin, Amsterdam, and Tokyo.
In London, protesters, wearing face coverings and gloves, dropped to one knee and raised their fists in front of the US embassy, chanting "no justice, no peace" and "silence is violence." Another protest is expected in the capital on Sunday.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan told the protesters in a tweet: "I stand with you and I share your anger and your pain...To the tiny minority who were violent and threw glass bottles and lit flares - you endangered a safe and peaceful protest and let down this important cause."
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