A ‘Kill the Bill’ protester slips and falls onto the ground as he poses on the bonnet of a burned out police car, new footage shows.
The incident took place during the Bristol protests that turned to violence on Sunday evening.
Video footage shows a young man crouching on the bonnet of a marked police vehicle, which mostly appears burned out but still burning at the back end.
As the protester slips, crowds gathered outside a takeaway are heard cheering and applauding him.
Two protesters run to help the hooded man back to his feet, and he can be seen smiling.
Twelve police vehicles were damaged as vehicles were set ablaze during the wanton destruction sparked from an initially peaceful protest.
Avon and Somerset Police confirmed this morning that seven people were arrested in total, six on suspicion of violent disorder and one on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
Chief Constable Andy Marsh told Sky News 20 police officers were injured, including one officer who suffered a collapsed lung after being stamped on, while another two officers suffered broken bones.
Thousands had been rallying against a new police bill that would give officers more powers to deal with non-violent protests but the event descended into chaos.
Police said between 2,000 and 3,000 people had gathered at College Green on Sunday to protest against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
But Andy Marsh, chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, said the demonstration had been “hijacked” by several hundred “extremists”.
“I believe the events of yesterday were hijacked by extremists, people who were determined to commit criminal damage, to generate very negative sentiment about policing and to assault our brave officers,” he said.
“Officers were very patient. From the initial gathering of around 2,000 to 3,000, which was more than we anticipated, there were about 50 officers engaging with those present and encouraging them to disperse. Many were complying, in fairness.
“There was a hardcore of serious criminals hidden within those 3,000 people – perhaps 400 or 500 people – and we certainly didn’t trigger this.
“The officers were incredibly patient, incredibly professional and I pay tribute to them.”