A Metropolitan police officer has been suspended after a video appeared to show him and his colleague assaulting a black suspect during an arrest.
The footage showed one of the officers apparently applying pressure on the suspect`s neck area with his knee during an arrest in London. The handcuffed suspect shouted, “Get off my neck.”
At about 6.30 pm on Thursday, officers were called to a fight in Islington, north London, and arrested a man at the scene for on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon.
Scotland Yard`s deputy commissioner Sir Steve House, described the incident as “extremely disturbing”. He said that one of the officers has been suspended, while the second officer has been removed from operational duty.
Steve House said: “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 to 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 IOPC.
“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.”
Since the death of a black man, George Floyd, in America in the hands of brutal police officers earlier this year and the subsequent Black Lives Matter, police in the UK are under intense scrutiny.