A shocking video has emerged of a grinning reveller grinding against a female police officer at Notting Hill Carnival which some social media users have slammed as being ‘sexual assault’.
In the short video from the Carnival in west London last weekend, the man has pinned the officer between his arms and the railing behind her.
The female officer struggles to move her arms to keep her hat steady on her head as the dancer gyrates and thrusts his body against hers.
A shocking video has emerged of a grinning reveller grinding against a female police officer at Notting Hill Carnival which some social media users have slammed as being ‘sexual assault’. In the short clip from Europe’s biggest street party in west London last weekend, the man (pictured) has pinned the officer between his two arms and the railing behind her
Twitter user Chris Warren said: ‘Sexual assault, plain and simple.’
Another commentator on the video, which has been retweeted thousands of times on social media, added: ‘Our police are now so terrified of political correctness they submit to what can only be described as sexual assault.’
But others thought the moves might be part of the Carnival spirit.
Kevin McGregor said: ‘It looks to me like she’s laughing? If she was unhappy she would have pulled out her nightstick or pepper sprayed him.’
A spokesman for the Met Police told MailOnline: ‘The female officer has been spoken to and enquiries are ongoing.’
A spokesman for the Met Police said: ‘We are aware of the video and enquiries are being made into the circumstances surrounding the incident’. The man walks away at the end of the clip
The footage provides further suggestions of violence and disrespect towards police officers at the Carnival, which led some from the Met to call for the Carnival to be banned and instead turned into a ticket-only event in Hyde Park.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said 31 police officers were attacked during the two-day event, with some slashed with broken bottles, spat at and bitten while others had acid thrown at them.
In one of the worst confrontations, three PCs had bloody spit sprayed in their faces by a man claiming to be HIV positive.
Four people were stabbed, more than 300 arrested and dozens of weapons seized during Europe’s biggest street party.