Second policeman suspended in wake of G20 protest

Another policeman has been suspended after video footage surfaced showing him apparently hitting a woman in a demonstration during the G20 summit in London earlier this month.

The footage, aired on the YouTube website, showed a woman protester taunting a Metropolitan Police officer, who appeared to retaliate by striking her across the face with his hand. This is the second incidence of apparent police violence during the G20 protests to emerge. An officer was found to have struck to the ground Ian Tomlinson, who later died of a heart attack.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that the second officer was a member of the Territorial Support Group, which is trained to deal with public order events and potential violence.

“The officer has been identified and suspended pending further investigation,” it said. “Every officer is accountable under law, and fully aware of the scrutiny that their actions can be held open to.”

About 4,000 people descended on London’s financial district to protest the G20 summit in early April.

Bankers and City workers were told to dress down or to stay away from work to avoid expected attacks from G20 summit protesters.

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