Boy, 13, charged over ‘sickening’ alleged assault on cop

A teenage boy was among those involved in the “disgraceful” alleged attack on a police officer in north London yesterday.

The 13-year-old boy and three men have been charged with assault after footage of the “shocking” event went viral.

Video showed the officer struggling on the ground with a man in Frampton Park Road in Hackney before others got involved.

The officer was kicked and punched before another man appeared brandishing a baseball bat.

Passers-by started filming and taking selfies as the struggle continued.

Paul Kabemba, 33, was charged with assaulting an emergency worker and one count of assault on a member of the public.

Jordan Thomas, 20, and Marvin Henderson, 34, have been charged with assault, along with a 13-year-old boy from Hackney.

They will face Thames Magistrates’ Court Friday UK time.

Police said they were pleased they had charged the men and thanked the public for their support.

The struggle caught on film came about after the officers were flagged down by a member of the public who reported an assault.

Police said the victim pointed out their attacker and officers went to speak to those involved.

A police spokesman said: “As an officer attempted to speak with those involved, one of the men resisted and a struggle ensued. A number of other people became involved while the officer was on the ground.”

A female officer attempted to keep people away from the scene and also suffered injuries before more officers arrived and arrested those involved.

Hackney’s police commander, Marcus Barnett, said the attack was “truly despicable”.

“Society should never accept such behaviour – we are here to protect you,” he said.

“The officers are safe, but clearly shaken and incredibly brave too. Arrests will be made … this must stop.”

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said the attack was “sickening, shocking and disgraceful”.

“My thoughts are with the outstanding officers who were subject to this disgusting violent attack,” she said.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said police were not “society’s punchbags”.

“Yet again this starkly shows the dangers (officers) face and the bravery they show each and every day keeping Londoners safe,” he said.

“We are. We have families we want to go home to at the end of every shift, but the dangers are stark and seemingly escalating.”

National chair of the Police Federation, John Apter, said the scenes were “stomach-churning”.

“How dare people stand by and video my colleagues in distress?,” he said.

The footage came in light of mass protests across the UK sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the US.

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