|Protesters Attempt to Storm Westfield|
Pre-planned Eric Garner 'die in' ends with 76 arrested
A pre-planned protest at the Westfield Shopping Centre by around 600 people ended with 76 people being arrested.
At around 8.20pm a group broke away from the main body of the protest which was advertised as a ‘die in for Eric Garner' and attempted to force entry into the interior of the shopping centre. The police say that at this point security staff were assaulted and there was damage to property.
The police then used what they describe as a ‘number of tactics' to contain the crowd. The arrests were made for public order offences with one man being held on suspicion of assault.
A spokeswoman for Westfield management said "they were aware that there is a planned protest for Eric Garner to take place. To ensure the safety of shoppers and retailers, and to allow the protest to pass peacefully, Westfield has provided a designated area for the protest outside Shepherd's Bush station."
Police seen with metal batons drawn
Chief Superintendent Mark Bird, in charge of the policing operation said: "We will always work with those that wish to demonstrate lawfully - as the majority of protestors did yesterday. However, we will not tolerate the small minority that offer violence or commit other criminal acts, such as that witnessed outside Westfield yesterday evening."
Eric Garner died in New York earlier this year whilst being arrested by police officers. There have been widespread protests in the US about this death and the shooting of Michael Brown by police in Missouri.
December 11, 2014