Police Attacked as They Try to Save Dying G20 Protester

Police officers came under attack while they tried to help a dying man at the G20 protests in London's financial district Wednesday night.

The victim was found by a member of the public unconscious in the street near the Bank of England just before 7:30 p.m.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said officers arrived on the scene to help and had to move the casualty away for urgent treatment after bottles were thrown at them by protesters.

The man was eventually pronounced dead at the hospital. According to one protester at the scene he was in his 30s. Ninety people were arrested during a first day of protests marking the summit.

The Met Police spokesman said: “A member of the public went to a police officer on a cordon in Birchin Lane, junction with Cornhill to say that there was a man who had collapsed round the corner.

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“That officer sent two police medics through the cordon line and into St. Michael’s Alley where they found a man who had stopped breathing.”

Police moved him to an area outside the Royal Exchange Building where they attempted resuscitation.

The spokesman added: “The officers took the decision to move him as during this time a number of missiles — believed to be bottles — were being thrown at them.”

London Ambulance Service said that “extensive efforts” were made to resuscitate the man both at the scene and on the way to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Directorate of Professional Standards at both the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police have been informed. The Independent Police Complaints Commission will also be notified.

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