U.K. police officer caught batting woman in G20 protest video suspended
A police officer in London was suspended on Wednesday after a video surfaced that shows him slapping an unarmed woman at a demonstration held to protest the death of a man caught up in a G20 rally.
The April 2 video, which has been posted on YouTube, shows a police officer apparently slapping a woman with his hand and then beating her leg with a baton.
The sergeant who appears in the video has been suspended pending further investigation into the incident, police said Wednesday. No further details were released.
The U.K.'s Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed it would investigate but provided no comment about whether a file has been formally opened.
The April 2 demonstration in front of the Bank of England during the one-day Group of 20 summit in London was a protest against the death of Ian Tomlinson, 47, a newspaper vendor.
Tomlinson was on his way home when he died on April 1 and was not believed to be taking part in the anti-G20 protests staged the day before the summit.
Video has previously surfaced of Tomlinson being pushed to the ground by a police officer in riot gear. He collapsed and an autopsy later determined he died of a heart attack.
The officer involved in that incident has also been suspended.
With files from the Associated Press