A woman hit and “trampled on” by a runaway police horse at the Black Lives Matter protest in London says she has been “traumatised” by the incident.
Jessie Tieti Mawutu revealed she has also been left “shocked” by the response from London Metropolitan Police after she tried to make a complaint.
Since the incident, the 19-year-old has says she has been suffering from “non-stop headaches”.
Mounted police were brought in to control the mostly peaceful demonstration which saw tens of thousands of people marching through the capital’s streets on Saturday.
Ms Mawutu was on her way home when she was knocked down by the horse.
Its officer rider had come out the saddle after riding into a traffic light and the spooked animal had run on to the street.
She told the Press Association news agency: “We saw around six or seven police vans drive past us with sirens on.”
Ms Mawutu saw protesters running towards them. “The next thing I knew, I was hit by something heavy that pushed me to the ground with full force and rolled me a few times on the ground.
“I open my eyes to see my younger sister, shaking me, crying over me, and many other protesters around me asking if I was okay, if I could see them, if I could hear them.
“They explained I had just been hit and trampled on by a horse.
“Injuries from the scene were grazes and a headache. After a few days, bruises have appeared, the whole right side of my body has become stiff and painful and I have been experiencing non-stop headaches.”
Ms Mawutu told PA she has since been shocked by the police force’s response over the incident. She said the local authorities could not process her complaint, which has now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
She said she called 101 and was referred to a local police department.
“The officer said this was a complaint he could not process as it was a protest that had resulted to violence leading the horse to react in such a way,” she told PA.
“Shocked to his response, I had begun to explain the protest was peaceful throughout the day and when I had walked off from the protest to go home, it was still peaceful,” she said.
“He then said if the protesters were peaceful in the first place then action would have never been taken by the police.”
Ms Mawutu has started a petition in a bid to have her case investigated by the Met Police.
“I am hoping this petition is noticed by the relevant authorities who can assist me with getting this incident resolved and handled in the correct and respectful way,” she added.
“I would indeed appreciate an apology as well as action taking place to prevent this, or anything for that matter, from happening to anyone else who is simply protesting for change and peace in the community.”
What the Metropolitan Police said
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement it was reviewing the incident.
It said: “The rider fell from the horse whilst policing the ongoing demonstrations and sustained serious injuries. The horse, which was uninjured, made its way back to the nearby stables.
“The officer remains in hospital in a stable condition. The full circumstances of exactly what happened are currently being reviewed.
“As of June 9 no official complaint has been received, but the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards will be directly contacting the member of public involved to ensure their account is acknowledged and processed in the correct manner.”