A video has emerged of an officer applying force during an arrest and the incident was referred to the watchdog “as a matter of urgency”.
The footage showed two male uniformed officers arresting a man and one of them appeared to say to him “chill out or I`ll choke you out” and then “chill out or you`re going to sleep”. Following the incident, a police officer has been relieved of frontline duties.
West Yorkshire Police said that the 45-second footage had been filmed from inside a house in Halifax, and has been spreading on social media.
The male suspect who had been arrested for committing assault offences was later released under investigation. Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Osman Khan said: “We are aware of a video circulating showing the arrest of a man at Spring Hall Gardens, Halifax, on Sunday 16 August in relation to assault offences.
“We immediately reviewed the footage and looked into it as a matter of urgency to establish the full circumstances. We have reviewed the actions of the officers involved and a referral has been made to the Force’s Professional Standards Directorate.
“Our investigation remains ongoing and we have made a voluntarily referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The officer involved has been removed from frontline operational duties.
“The man arrested was released under investigation.”
Officers are still investigating the events that led to the incident.