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VIDEO: Did attack on teenage girl spark Tottenham riots?

Community claim that police officers hit 16-year-old girl in face with baton
Posted: 09/08/2011 12:01 PM
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SENIOR MET OFFICER Steve Kavanagh has hit back at claims that officers, patrolling a peaceful protest in Tottenham on Saturday (Aug 6), attacked a 16-year-old girl, sparking violent riots in the north London borough.

The unidentified female is believed to have thrown a stone at a line of officers outside Tottenham police station during a march protesting the death of a 29-year-old Mark Duggan shot by police earlier in the week (Aug 4).

It is claimed that officers then hit the teen in the face with a baton before she was knocked to the ground, which angered the crowd.

In the minutes to follow two police cars were set on fire, which then sparked further violence and looting.

Asked about the rumors, Kavanagh said: “If that girl does exist, she hasn’t come forward.”

He added: “If the story is true then it will be investigated by the IPCC [independent police complaints commission] and the police to get to the bottom of it. It might be a folk tale, but we do not know yet.”

Footage of the alleged incident has emerged on the Internet, which shows onlookers screaming: “she’s a girl”, while another voice urges the crowd to “get” the police.

The teen is yet to come forward.