Police boss 'disappointed' by dancing officers at climate protest


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Dancing police officers at last night’s climate change protest in London have left their boss feeling "disappointed".

Footage of the "unacceptable" behaviour was posted on Twitter, and showed a small handful of Metropolitan Police officers in high-vis jackets dancing to music in Oxford Circus.

The video also appeared to show police responding to chants of "We love you" from supporters of Extinction Rebellion, the group which organised the protests.

One of the officers in the video can be seen applauding the cheering crowds, and another raising his hand in acknowledgement of their support.

However, Metropolitan Police commander, Jane Connors, said: "I'm disappointed by the video and the unacceptable behaviour of the officers in it.

"We expect our officers to engage with protesters but clearly their actions fall short of the tone of the policing operation at a time when people are frustrated at the actions of the protesters.

"We will be reminding officers of their responsibilities and expectations in policing this operation - however the majority of officers have been working long hours and I am grateful to them for their continued commitment."

Scotland Yard said enquiries were taking place to try and identify those involved.

Twitter user @WildlifeCafe, who posted the footage, pledged their support for the officers, claiming they were concerned the video would be misrepresented.

"This clip was just a momentary bit of fun these officers had with the crowd nothing more," they wrote.

The video emerged after three days of protests resulted in scores of arrests, as campaigners blocked bridges and roads in the capital, some disrupting transport further by gluing themselves to a train.

Words by Wesley Hudson

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