London police officer tells protester: 'If I was so brutal, I could run you over right now'

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An officer with London's Metropolitan Police Service was captured on video driving closely behind a police-brutality protester on foot on Sunday, June 7.

This video shows an encounter between a protester and a London police officer driving a police vehicle inches behind them.

The officer is heard saying: "What are you even protesting about? If I was so brutal, I could run you over right now, but I'm not."

The source told Storyful that demonstrators were marching from Parliament Square to Buckingham Palace.

Recent demonstrations around the world have called for an end to police brutality and racist law-enforcement practices following the death of George Floyd.

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A worker rests after the statue of slave owner Robert Milligan was taken down, at West India Quay, east London, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after a protest saw anti-racism campaigners tear down a statue of a slave trader in Bristol. London's mayor says statues of imperialist figures could be removed from the city's streets, in the latest sign of change sparked by the death of George Floyd. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he is setting up a commission to ensure monuments reflect the city's diversity. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Workers take down a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan at West India Quay, east London, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after a protest saw anti-racism campaigners tear down a statue of a slave trader in Bristol. London's mayor says statues of imperialist figures could be removed from the city's streets, in the latest sign of change sparked by the death of George Floyd. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he is setting up a commission to ensure monuments reflect the city's diversity. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Workers transport a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan which was taken down, in West India Quay, east London, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after a protest saw anti-racism campaigners tear down a statue of a slave trader in Bristol. London's mayor says statues of imperialist figures could be removed from the city's streets, in the latest sign of change sparked by the death of George Floyd. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he is setting up a commission to ensure monuments reflect the city's diversity. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Workers take down a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan at West India Quay, east London, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after a protest saw anti-racism campaigners tear down a statue of a slave trader in Bristol. London's mayor says statues of imperialist figures could be removed from the city's streets, in the latest sign of change sparked by the death of George Floyd. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he is setting up a commission to ensure monuments reflect the city's diversity. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Workers prepare to take down a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan at West India Quay, east London, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after a protest saw anti-racism campaigners tear down a statue of a slave trader in Bristol. London's mayor says statues of imperialist figures could be removed from the city's streets, in the latest sign of change sparked by the death of George Floyd. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he is setting up a commission to ensure monuments reflect the city's diversity. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Workers prepare to take down a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan at West India Quay, east London, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, after a protest saw anti-racism campaigners tear down a statue of a slave trader in Bristol. London's mayor says statues of imperialist figures could be removed from the city's streets, in the latest sign of change sparked by the death of George Floyd. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he is setting up a commission to ensure monuments reflect the city's diversity. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Municipal workers remove the statue of slave-owner and slave merchant Robert Milligan after a petition in West India Quay district of London, United Kindgom on June 09, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Municipal workers remove the statue of slave-owner and slave merchant Robert Milligan after a petition in West India Quay district of London, United Kindgom on June 09, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Municipal workers remove the statue of slave-owner and slave merchant Robert Milligan after a petition in West India Quay district of London, United Kindgom on June 09, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Municipal workers remove the statue of slave-owner and slave merchant Robert Milligan after a petition in West India Quay district of London, United Kindgom on June 09, 2020. (Photo by Hasan Esen/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Hours before it was removed by the Canal and River Trust, the statue of merchant slave owner, Robert Milligan stands partially covered by Black Lives Matter activists outside the Museum of London's Docklands Museum on the former quay of West India Docks, on 9th June 2020, in London, United Kingdom. Scottish merchant Robert Milligan (1746 - 1809) grew up on his family's sugar plantation in Jamaica and by the time of his death, owned 526 slaves of his own. Because of the theft of his sugar and rum cargoes from the docks of the day, he and other busnessmen built the massive West India Docks trade hub, him becoming Deputy Chairman of the West India Dock Company. In the aftermath of the George Floyd protests in the US and UK Black Lives Matter groups, who are calling for the removal of statues and street names with links to the slave trade, Milligan's and other statues of British slavery owners and profiteers, have become a focus of impassioned protest. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Workers take down a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan at West India Quay, east London as Labour councils across England and Wales will begin reviewing monuments and statues in their towns and cities, after a protest saw anti-racism campaigners tear down a statue of a slave trader in Bristol.
Workers take down a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan at West India Quay, east London as Labour councils across England and Wales will begin reviewing monuments and statues in their towns and cities, after a protest saw anti-racism campaigners tear down a statue of a slave trader in Bristol.
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