‘Sickening and disgraceful’ attack on police condemned

Police officers who stopped to help an apparent assault victim were set upon in a "sickening, shocking and disgraceful attack" which has been condemned by the Home Secretary and police chiefs.

Video on social media shows an officer pinned down on the ground and being kicked, while his female colleague is pushed when she tries to intervene.

Several men, including one with a baseball bat, surround the Scotland Yard officers swearing, shouting and filming on their phones, with one even dancing a jig and taking a selfie during the assault.

Both officers suffered minor injuries in the incident, in Frampton Park Road, Hackney, east London, at around 3.30pm on Wednesday, Scotland Yard said.

They had been flagged down by a member of the public who said they had been attacked and pointed them towards the suspects, a spokeswoman added.

The Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, said attacks on officers seem to be increasing, adding: "Yet again this starkly shows the dangers @metpoliceuk face and the bravery they show each and every day keeping Londoners safe."

Chairman Ken Marsh said: "We are not society's punchbags. We have families we want to go home to at the end of every shift. But the dangers are stark. And seemingly escalating."

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Demonstrators wearing face masks hold up their fists during a 8min 43 seconds sit in on the High Street. The Rhodes Must Fall campaign was reignited from a 2016 campaign following recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations after the demise of George Floyd under police custody in Mineapolis. Despite the Covid19 lockdown, protesters globally have united to demand change. (Photo by David Mbiyu / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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Protesters hold Rhodes Must Fall placards during the demonstration. The Rhodes Must Fall campaign was reignited from a 2016 campaign following recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations after the demise of George Floyd under police custody in Mineapolis. Despite the Covid19 lockdown, protesters globally have united to demand change. (Photo by David Mbiyu / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
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Mounted police officers charge their horses along Whitehall, past the entrance to Downing Street, in an attempt to disperse protestors gathered in central London on June 6, 2020, during a demonstration to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A mounted police officer lays on the road after being unseated from their horse, during a demonstration on Whitehall, near the entrance to Downing Street in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A mounted police officer lays on the road after being unseated from their horse, during a demonstration on Whitehall, near the entrance to Downing Street in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A protestor reacts as a mounted police officer raises their baton whilst riding along Whitehall, past the entrance to Downing Street, in central London on June 6, 2020, during a demonstration organised to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Mounted police officers charge their horses along Whitehall, past the entrance to Downing Street, in an attempt to disperse protestors gathered in central London on June 6, 2020, during a demonstration to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Police officers in riot gear form a line in front of protestors on Whitehall, near to Downing Street, in central London on June 6, 2020, during a demonstration to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A protester (R) wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, makes a fist as she stands by Police officers in riot in central London on June 6, 2020, during a demonstration organised to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters holding placards light a flare during an anti-racism demonstration on Whitehall, near the entrance to Downing Street in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 06: Protesters demonstrate near the the US Embassy in Nine Elms on June 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
Police officers in riot gear stand on duty as a flare, thrown by protesters, burns inside Downing Street, during an anti-racism demonstration in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protestors scuffle with Police officers in riot gear near Downing Street, in central London on June 6, 2020, during a demonstration organised to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 06: Protesters march through central London on June 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
Police officers in riot gear stand on duty by anti-government graffiti daubed on the the Foreign Office in central London on June 6, 2020, during a demonstration organised to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A protetr shouts slogans in front of a line of police officers near the US Embassy in south west London on June 6, 2020, during a protest action to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 06: A child wearing a face mask with the words "I can't breathe" poses for a photo during a Black Lives Matter protest at Parliament Square on June 06, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 06: Protesters walk past graffiti on a bus stop during a Black Lives Matter protest at Parliament Square on June 06, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
A protesters holds a placard in front of a police car during a march in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA - JUNE 7: On the lawn at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Members of the Brigham and Women's community kneel during a vigil in memory of George Floyd and reflection on racial injustice on June 5, 2020. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Demonstrators, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, hold placards as they attend a protest march in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, kneel as they hold placards during a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, kneel as they hold placards during a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
People with placards reading 'Black Lives Matter' gather on the place de la Concorde, near the US embassy compound, in Paris on June 6, 2020, during a rally called as part of a weekend of global rallies worldwide against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champs de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
People with placards reading 'Black Lives Matter' gather on the place de la Concorde, near the US embassy compound, in Paris on June 6, 2020, during a rally called as part of a weekend of global rallies worldwide against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champs de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Hamburg: Participants in a demonstration against racism and police violence protest with a sign saying "Black Lives Matter" on the Jungfernstieg. Instead of the announced 500 participants, more than 11,000 demonstrators took part in the rally at the time of recording, according to the police. Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa (Photo by Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Hamburg: Participants in a demonstration against racism and police violence protest with signs saying "Black Lives Matter" on the Jungfernstieg. Instead of the announced 500 participants, more than 11,000 demonstrators took part in the rally at the time of recording, according to the police. Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa (Photo by Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Hamburg: Participants in a demonstration against racism and police violence protest with a sign saying "Black Lives Matter" on the Jungfernstieg. Instead of the announced 500 participants, more than 11,000 demonstrators took part in the rally at the time of recording, according to the police. Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa (Photo by Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
People with placards reading 'Black Lives Matter', 'no justice no peace', gather on the place de la Concorde, near the US embassy compound, in Paris on June 6, 2020, during a rally called as part of a weekend of global rallies worldwide against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champs de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
People with placards reading 'Black Lives Matter' gather on the place de la Concorde, near the US embassy compound, in Paris on June 6, 2020, during a rally called as part of a weekend of global rallies worldwide against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champs de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Bavaria, Munich: A man wearing a face mask with the inscription "Black lives Matter" demonstrates against racism on the Königsplatz in the Bavarian capital during a "Silent Demo". The occasion is the violent death of George Floyd in the USA. A total of 25 German cities will be the venues for the demonstration. Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa (Photo by Peter Kneffel/picture alliance via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Mannheim: Participants dressed in black with mouthguards take part in a meeting under the motto "No to racism! Black lives matter" and raise their fists in a silent protest. In about 25 German cities, people demonstrate against racism with so-called "silent demos". The trigger is the violent death of George Floyd on 25 May in the US city of Minneapolis by a white policeman. Photo: Uwe Anspach/dpa (Photo by Uwe Anspach/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A protester wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) of a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, attends a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 6: Protesters participate in a protest in Sydney to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd and rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody after an appeal court's last-minute decision to authorise the public gathering in Australia on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 6: Protesters participate in a protest in Sydney to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd and rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody after an appeal court's last-minute decision to authorise the public gathering in Australia on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 6: Protesters participate in a protest in Sydney to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd and rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody after an appeal court's last-minute decision to authorise the public gathering in Australia on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 6 : People attend a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan against racism and police violence in echo to the killing of a black man, George Floyd in the US at the hands of a white police office, on June 6, 2020. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 6 : People attend a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan against racism and police violence in echo to the killing of a black man, George Floyd in the US at the hands of a white police office, on June 6, 2020. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 6 : People attend a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan against racism and police violence in echo to the killing of a black man, George Floyd in the US at the hands of a white police office, on June 6, 2020. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: A protester kneels during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest march on June 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Events across Australia have been organised in solidarity with protests in the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Protesters chant and hold placards at Town Hall during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest march June 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Events across Australia have been organised in solidarity with protests in the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 6: Protesters participate in a protest in Sydney to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd and rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody after an appeal court's last-minute decision to authorise the public gathering in Australia on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: A man vents his feelings at Town Hall on June 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The event was organised to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia as well as in solidarity with protests across the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
With the Washington Monument in the background people walk on the street leading to the White House after the words Black Lives Matter were painted on it by city workers and activists Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Nickia Wood stands with a Black Lives Matter shirt as people gather near the White House, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Washington, before scheduled protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JUNE 5: View of a posted sign as DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has 'Black Lives Matter' painted on the street leading to the White House and renamed the street Black Lives Matter Plaza on June 5, 2020 in Washington D.C. Credit: mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX
People walk on the street leading to the White House after the words Black Lives Matter were painted in enormous bright yellow letters on it by city workers and activists Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JUNE 5: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has 'Black Lives Matter' painted on the street leading to the White House and renamed the street Black Lives Matter Plaza on June 5, 2020 in Washington D.C. Credit: mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX
The dome of the U.S. Capitol is visible as a sign that reads "Black Lives Matter" hangs on an overpass on North Capitol Street in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, following days of continuing protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A person wears a mask that reads "Black Lives Matter" during a protest Monday, June 1, 2020, in Tacoma ,Wash., against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Photo by: STRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 6/1/20 George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers leads to demonstations, protests and destruction of property throughout New York City, especiallay in Greenwich Village and SOHO in Manhattan. Protests often have turned into riots and looting at night in cities accross the United States.
Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Geoffrey Preuehomme of Radford, left, and Brianna Johnson of Roanoke attend a rally at Washington Park organized by the local Black Lives Matter chapter on Saturday. Hundreds of protesters came out for the event on Saturday May 30, 2020.(Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Jerry-Pale Molcolo with his children, Moetapele Green, 9, left, and Amirial Green, 12 watch protesters confront the police on Campbell Avenue downtown Roanoke on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Following a rally at Washington Park organized by the local Black Lives Matter chapter, demonstrators marched toward the police station on Campbell Avenue and were met by multiple police barricades.(Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Demonstrators, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, hold placards as they attend a protest march to the US Embassy in London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 06: Protesters hold placards as they march through central London on June 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 06: Protesters hold placards during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on June 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/09: Demonstrators wearing face masks hold up their fists during a 8min 43 seconds sit in on the High Street. The Rhodes Must Fall campaign was reignited from a 2016 campaign following recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations after the demise of George Floyd under police custody in Mineapolis. Despite the Covid19 lockdown, protesters globally have united to demand change. (Photo by David Mbiyu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: "Sickening, shocking & disgraceful.

"My thoughts are with the outstanding @metpoliceuk officers who were subject to this disgusting violent attack."

John Apter, chairman of the Police Federation, said: "Horrific, stomach churning scenes.

"Disgusting behaviour from those who attack the officers, those who film what's going on and those who do nothing. They are cowards, the lot of them."

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said two men, aged 20 and 38, have been arrested on suspicion of assaulting police. They remain in custody in an east London police station.

Superintendent Martin Rolston said: "This incident, which was captured on someone's mobile phone is truly shocking.

"My officers went to the assistance of a member of the public – who asked for their help – after stating that they had been assaulted. What happened next is a reminder of the risks our officers take whilst going about their duties.

"It is fortunate that their injuries are not more serious. There is no place for this level of violence on our streets.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, added: "I utterly condemn the disgraceful attack on two Metropolitan Police officers this afternoon.

"These brave officers were doing their duty and assisting the public. We owe them a debt of gratitude and I wish them a full and speedy recovery.

"Attacks on our police will not be tolerated. I urge anyone with information to come forward to ensure the perpetrators of this disgusting attack feel the full force of the law."

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