A police constable who shouted ‘Free Palestine‘ at a protest is named as a 20-year-old new recruit who joined the Met just six months ago.
Demonstrators were calling for ‘immediate action’ and an ‘end to occupation’ amid the ongoing conflict with Israel that has led to the deaths of hundreds of people.
It can now be revealed that the officer in question, PC Jan, had started with the Metropolitan Police’s Roads and Transport Policing Command six months ago – after completing her three months of training.
The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and are investigating the full circumstances of this incident and to determine what further action is appropriate’.
A police constable who shouted ‘Free Palestine’ and raised her fist (pictured) at a protest is named as a 20-year-old new recruit
PC Nusheen Jan raised her fist in the air and joined in with protesters (pictured hugging one) outside the Israeli embassy in Kensington, west London, last weekend
She hold the protester’s hand while clutching a white rose in the film that has sparked a Met investigation
A friend told The Sun: ‘Nush has been upset by scenes from Gaza and the emotion caused her to do what she did.’
In footage taken at the protest last weekend, the policewoman is shown holding the hand of an activist having been handed a white rose.
PC Jan appears to say she is ‘praying day and night’ to Allah.
She then embraces the woman despite Met rules saying ‘officers must remain independent and impartial in carrying out their duties’.
She then raises her arm in the air and repeatedly chants: ‘Free free Palestine, free free Palestine’, sparking cheers from the thousands of people walking to the protest at the Israeli embassy.
It was there that nine Met officers were injured after being pelted with bottles and eggs last weekend.
The clip has sparked outrage on social media, especially among British Jews, and Scotland Yard is investigating after being bombarded with complaints on Twitter.
Nine police officers were injured and missiles were thrown amid efforts to disperse pro-Palestine protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London last Saturday
Pictured: Supporters of Palestine attend a demonstration outside the Israeli embassy in London, Britain, 15 May 2021
Police watch pro-Palestinian protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London on Saturday. There is no suggestion that those pictured were involved in the suspected race-hate incident
The incident came after Met officers were criticised for taking the knee during BLM protests in London in 2020.
Bosses had then given them the green light saying it was down to their ‘discretion’ to do so.
Some older officers were insistent that police shouldn’t kneel to protesters, who injured a total of 27 Met police officers last summer.
Nine police officers were injured and missiles such as eggs and bottles were thrown amid efforts to disperse crowds outside the Israeli Embassy in London earlier this month.
Thousands of people marched through the capital last Saturday to the gates of the embassy in Kensington, while protests took place in other cities across the UK and Ireland in solidarity with the people of Palestine.
Rockets are launched towards Israel from the southern Gaza Strip on Monday evening. The IDF said that 70 were fired last night
Explosions light-up the night sky above buildings in Gaza City as Israeli forces shell the Palestinian enclave in the early hours of Tuesday
Nine people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder in London, the Metropolitan Police said. A further four were arrested on suspicion of breaching the Health Protection Regulations, the force added.
The Met said small pockets of disorder had followed a largely peaceful demonstration.
Superintendent Jo Edwards, in charge of the policing operation, said: ‘We once again saw police come under fire from missiles and several were injured as a result of this. It is totally unacceptable and I wish those officers a speedy recovery.
‘Throughout the day, officers sought to engage with people who had gathered to demonstrate, and encourage them to disperse to help protect themselves and others during this public health crisis.
‘Where this approach did not work and officers were met with hostility, they took enforcement action.’