Videos posted on social media showed a male officer being pinned to the ground and kicked before a female officer intervened. A quarrel then ensues for about a minute between the two officers and a group of men.
Wednesday’s incident prompted a strong response from the UK police and Home Secretary Priti Patel, who wrote on Twitter that the attack was “moody, shocking and embarrassing”.
“We are not the bags of society,” Ken Marsh, president of the Metropolitan Police Department, said in a statement. “In this case, our colleagues are fortunately reporting only minor injuries – but the reality is that it could be much worse.”
Metropolitan Police confirmed on Thursday that two men had been arrested.
“The attacks on our police will not be tolerated,” said London Mayor Sadiq Khan. He added: “These brave officers did their job and helped the public – I wish them a speedy recovery.”
Khan has backed protests, which have seen tens of thousands take to the streets in London and other cities in the United Kingdom, but has condemned a small number of protesters who have taken to the streets in protest.