A large mob assaulted several police officers after they took exception to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer in Colindale, London.
At approximately 14:40hrs on Friday, 7th August officers on patrol in The Concourse, NW9 carried out a section 23 stop and search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
As a direct result of the search, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis.
As officers arrested the male, a group started to gather and surrounded the officers. The group then prevented the police from leaving the scene by standing in front of their police vehicle.
Officers at the scene requested assistance from additional units.
A 25-year-old and 23-year-old male were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a contsable.
The police vehicle carrying the suspected drug dealer left the scene. Still, a group of between 30-40 people walked the short distance to Colindale Police Station and remained outside of the building.
A dispersal order was put place, and as officers attempted to implement it, several police officers were attacked. A 19-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.
A number of other officers also were assaulted. Their injuries did not require any medical treatment.
Officers searched the area where the 14-year-old was stopped and found thirteen bags of cannabis.
Chief Superintendent Roy Smith, Borough commander for the North West BCU, said:
“Whilst I understand that people may feel strongly about some police activity and arrests, interfering or obstructing officers at the scene only serves to inflame an already tense situation.
“Instead, I would ask people to use one of our many mechanisms for engaging and listening when the situation is calmer. This enables both sides to review things with a cool and steady head and in possession of the full range of facts.
“Even when well-intentioned interfering, or obstructing officers carrying out their lawful duties, can cause far more problems than it solves. I am committed to listening, learning and improving but my officers must also have the ability to carry out their duties safely and without fear or favour.
“I am also aware of a number of rumours circulating on social media that specifically relate to injuries sustained by those arrested and the nature of this arrest. I want to clarify that no-one who was arrested required medical treatment. Likewise, this arrest was not as a result of a raid or anything of that nature, this was part of a routine patrol in the area.”
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