Police officers have been left with broken arms and ribs after a ‘kill the bill’ protest ends in violence.
The demonstration against the plans to give police more powers to deal with peaceful protects has turned to violence and shameful scenes on the streets of Bristol.
Current scenes in Bristol.— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) March 21, 2021
As protest about peaceful protests gets out of hand pic.twitter.com/nbjRl8FPPH
Hundreds of people had gathered at the College Green in Bristol before they headed to a police station near to New Bridewell Street and started spraying graffiti on marked police vehicles.
Police vehicle windows were smashed and set on fire and windows to the police station were also smashed.
Riot police reinforcements. Pushing the crowd back. No damage to the Greek takeaway opposite as crowd focuses on police pic.twitter.com/OCRmpi8RJb— Alon Aviram (@AlAviram) March 21, 2021
It is believed that a number of police officers were injured with some suffering suspected broken arms and ribs within the incident.
Footage from the Kill the Bill protest in Bristol. Police "continuing to engage with those attending" but enforcement action will be taken "retrospectively when necessary and proportionate" pic.twitter.com/wJJEl4BI4S— Conor Gogarty (@ConorGogarty) March 21, 2021
Protesters were observed facing up to riot police who were deployed as the march turned violent as night fell.