Campaigners confront police over death of man in east London


Campaigners shouting "we want justice" have faced off with police in a protest over the death of a man after a traffic stop.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into the treatment of Edir Frederico Da Costa, 25, who died on June 21, six days after he was stopped in a car by Metropolitan Police officers in Woodcocks, Beckton, in Newham, east London.

Protesters, some carrying Black Lives Matter posters and others with homemade placards which read "Justice for Edson + How Many More???", stood in front of a line of uniformed officers at Stratford bus station, east London.

They allege the 25-year-old, known by friends as Edson, was "brutally beaten". 

Borough Commander Superintendent Ian Larnder stood in the middle of a group of protesters trying to answer their questions and calm tensions.

Campaigners claim that Mr Da Costa's neck was broken and he suffered head and other injuries after he was stopped in a car, containing three people, by Met officers.  

The IPCC said a preliminary post-mortem, carried out on Thursday, indicated there were no spinal injuries caused by police.

Transport for London said that from just before 6pm there had been "a number of bus diversions at police request" due to the demonstration at Stratford. 

One protester rode his motorbike up to the police line and deliberately revved his engine in front of the officers.

Another motorcyclist turned his bike towards the officers and span his wheels so that smoke blew towards them.

A Met spokeswoman said they are "aware of the protest", adding: "An appropriate policing plan is in place."