Thug Urinates on Hero Policeman's Memorial During BLM Protests in London
PC Keith Palmer stabbed to death during the Westminster terror attack in 2017
A thug was pictured urinating on the memorial of hero police officer Keith Palmer during "Black Lives Matter" protests in London on Saturday.
PC Keith Palmer died protecting the public when he was stabbed to death by a terrorist during the Westminster terror attack in 2017.
Several politicians are among the British people expressing their disgust and outrage after the man was photographed during violent clashes between protesters and police in central London.
Home Secretary Priti Patel branded the incident as "absolutely appalling and shameful."
The Met Police Federation is now under pressure to locate the man and jail him for his actions.
The news comes as London is flooded for the second weekend running with protests over the death of George Floyd who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Armed only with a baton and pepper spray, PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death while guarding the main vehicle entrance — Carriage Gates — by terrorist Khalid Masood on March 22, 2017.
He was awarded a posthumous George Medal for his bravery in confronting the killer.
Among those shaming the man is MP Tobias Ellwood, who gave first aid to the police officer as he lay dying outside Westminster.
He took to Twitter to share his disgust at the shocking photograph, describing his actions as "abhorrent."
The politician said: "Absolute shame on this man.
"Of all the images to emerge over these few testing days I find this one of most abhorrent. Please help identify him."
Speaking to BBC News, he said: "I'm really saddened to see this, in fact, disgusted, it's one of the most disturbing images I've seen.
"We are going through a very difficult period of self-reflection here, quite rightly for us to look back and have a long-overdue debate of our complex past and perhaps be more aware and critical of our own history."
When asked whether he thought the urinating man may not have noticed the memorial, Mr. Ellwood said: "I don't agree with that at all.
"This is the gates of Westminster, the most iconic symbol of democracy in the world next to a monument for Pc Keith Palmer.
"He was fully aware of what he was doing, he should step forward and apologize.
"These images are seen across the world, they will damage Britain's reputation.
"It will make us look like we are not in control."
He agreed with the Home Secretary's comments of using the full force of the law against the unruly protesters, adding: "We must absolutely be firm on these people who choose to come to London and defend these statues but actually come here on the pretext of attacking the police and pursuing other agendas."
Police confirmed officers are investigating a man taking part in the protests who urinated next to the memorial.
In a statement, Metropolitan Police Commander Bas Javid said: "We are aware of a disgusting and abhorrent image circulating on social media of a man appearing to urinate on a memorial to PC Palmer.
"I feel for PC Palmer's family, friends, and colleagues.
"We have immediately launched an investigation, and will gather all the evidence available to us and take appropriate action."
Joining him in voicing her disgust was MP Rupa Huq: "Absolutely repulsive.
"I was there when Parliament came under attack from a terrorist in 2017 and PC Palmer paid with his life to defend us all.
"Tobias rushed to his aid when all other MPs ran the other way. Now, this. Shameful."
Home Secretary Priti Patel condemned the "desecration" of the memorial: "We are in an unprecedented public health emergency and I have said every single day, as have the police around the country and in London, that these protests, these gatherings, are illegal and we have been discouraging them.
"Secondly, we have seen a small minority behave in extreme thuggery and violent behavior today.
"That is simply unacceptable and the individuals that are basically putting the safety of our police officers and the safety of the public at risk will expect to face the full force of the law.
"We have seen some shameful scenes today, including the desecration of PC Keith Palmer's memorial in Parliament, in Westminster square, - a man that gave his life to protect people - and quite frankly that is shameful, that is absolutely appalling and shameful.
"And I think, you know, my final remark very much is that we live in a tolerant country but racism, any form of intolerance and violence is simply not acceptable."
The Father of the House of Commons, Sir Peter Bottomley, said the protester should be "ashamed."
Police are investigating a man taking part in protests who urinated next to a memorial to Pc Keith Palmer in Westminster.
During the attack Masood, 52, also killed four pedestrians and injured around 40 on Westminster Bridge by ramming a car into them.
It was the first of a number of fatal Islamist attacks carried out on or close to bridges over the Thames between 2017 and 2019.
Masood was eventually shot dead by a plainclothes close protection officer.
PC Palmer was posthumously awarded the George Medal for bravery that "unquestionably saved lives" and his memorial was organized by the Police Memorial Trust and unveiled in February 2019.