A physical altercation between a store owner and a suspected shoplifter sparked BLM-style racial unrest in Peckham, London on Tuesday.
In a video posted to social media on Monday, an unidentified black woman, who claims she was visiting Peckham Hair and Cosmetics to request a refund on hair extensions, was accused by the South Asian store owner, Sohail Sindo, of attempting to leave the store with stolen merchandise, which resulted in a physical altercation.
Surveillance video obtained by ITV News London reportedly shows the store owner blocking the woman from exiting the shop with alleged stolen items in hand. She then is seen hitting the store owner multiple times, including in the face, before he begins to apprehend her by pushing her back into the store. The video shows the store owner grabbing the woman's arms and neck as she continues to beat him.
After video of the incident emerged across social media, racial protests erupted outside the shop which shut down traffic on Wednesday. Demonstrators plastered signs all over the business that sent a stark warning to residents and business owners in the predominately black community.