Police have launched an investigation into an incident where a black man is being kneed and punched by eight officers wrestling him to the ground in a video. The video shows a group of cops restraining the man on a street in Croydon, South London last Friday.
The video is shot by a civilian on the scene on Wellesley Road around 2 pm. Police say the man tried to run from the police, who suspected him of having a weapon.
The police are seen hauling the black man and one cop appears to knee him as the others grapple with him. Three officers are seen walking away from the man while 5 others continue to wrestle.
Police suspected the man of having a weapon
A man alerted the Met about the incident by posting on Twitter, he wrote: “Would anybody like to explain this?? Also Read– Trump signs executive order for better police practices
“This was in Croydon. The guy looked terrified and the way the police kick and hit him, I’m not surprised.”
A spokesman for the police said the man started to run away after he saw the police officers.
The spokesman said: “He was instructed to stop but continued to run. Officers observed what appeared to be a sharp object in his hand.”
“Officers followed the man and attempted to detain him for the purposes of a search. During this, the man resisted and became aggressive.”
“A number of officers restrained the man and he was placed in handcuffs as they believed he had a weapon on him.”
“No weapon was found but an umbrella spoke was found nearby which the man admitted to discarding while running from police.”
“The man was not arrested and no injuries were reported at the time.”
A public complaint has been recording against all officers involved. The Met added it is “aware of the video and the actions of each officer seen in the footage will form part of this assessment.”