A Metropolitan police officer have been suspended following a viral video on social media showed how he knelt on the neck of a blackman who was already handcuffed and pinned to the ground while his partner also held his hands.
The Metropolitan Police had earlier received a call at about 6.30pm about a fight at Isledon Road and one of those involved matched the description of the Blackman and he arrested for on the suspicion of carrying an offensive weapon.
The struggling man while struggling to breath said;
“Get off me…get off my neck, I ain’t done anything wrong, get off my neck.”
Absolutely disgusting, my sister is in this video witnessing police brutality and them kneeling on this black man’s neck. He is clearly not a threat and is in cuffs. Please share this video for awareness.#BLM #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/xLS1h6Ficx
— axax_shockz (@RealAiRavish) July 16, 2020
According to Sir Steve House, the Deputy Police Commissioner, :
“The video footage that I have seen today and is circulating on social media is extremely disturbing. I understand that many viewing the footage will share my concern.”
The man involved was arrested, taken to a police station and has now been seen by a police doctor
“Some of the techniques used cause me great concern – they are not taught in police training.
“We have quickly assessed the incident, including the body worn video footage from the officers and their statements and justification for their use of force. As a result we have referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct”
One officer has been suspended and another officer has been removed from operational duty, but not suspended at this time. This decision will be kept under review.
“We will co-operate fully with the IOPC investigation.