Police officer who hit woman during G20 protest is suspended
The police officer who struck a woman during the G20 protests in London earlier in the month is suspended according to Scotland Yard.
In a video of the incident, the officer appears to hit the woman in the face with his hand and then in the leg with his baton. The incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
"The officer has been identified and suspended pending further investigation. The officer works as a sergeant in the territorial support group," he added.
Earlier, police said the apparent actions of the officer featured in the footage raised "immediate concerns".
"Every officer is accountable under law, and fully aware of the scrutiny that their actions can be held open to," police said.
"The decision to use force is made by the individual police officer, and they must account for that."
The IPCC is looking at the best way to proceed in the matter, but the video has many people upset about what happened.
The IPCC is also investigating the death of Ian Tomlinson during the protests; Mr. Tomlinson had a heart attack and died on April 1st.
He was apparently pushed to the ground by a police officer on video as well.
That police officer has also been suspended.