Police officers are becoming 'society's punchbags' amid violence at Kill the Bill demos, officials warnApril 4, 2021
COPS have faced violence again at Kill the Bill demos — as officials warn rank and file officers are becoming “society’s punchbag”.
Union leaders fear the UK is “building up to a situation where an officer is going to be killed”.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation branch, said: “Anger is ramping up week by week over different issues and it is the police who are bearing the brunt.”
He spoke out after 18 officers were hurt at Parliament Square.
Militants bombarded the cops with missiles at the end of an event on Saturday.
None was seriously hurt, police said.
There were 107 arrests for assaults on police, violent disorder, suspected possession of a weapon, breach of the peace and flouting Covid rules.
Eighteen protesters were held in Manchester and seven in Bristol during Saturday’s demos over plans to give police powers to impose conditions on non-violent protests.
Others passed off peacefully.
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