A Metropolitan Police officer has been suspended after footage emerged of a suspect being arrested with a knee on his neck in Islington, London. The police voluntarily referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct and a police deputy commissioner said the footage was “extremely disturbing.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan have condemned the incident in several of tweets. He said: "I’m deeply concerned about this distressing incident. We have raised this with senior officers at the @MetPoliceUK as a matter of urgency. I welcome the fact they have reviewed this so quickly and it’s right that they have referred it to the Independent Office for Police Conduct."
"An officer has now been suspended from duties. I look forward to a swift and thorough independent investigation, with all decisions made public. It’s crucial our police service continues to earn the trust of the communities it serves."
The Met Police released a statement.
The Met’s Dep Commissioner has spoken of ‘great concern’ over footage of an arrest after calls to a fight in Isledon Rd Islington on Thursday. The arrested man was examined by a doctor in police custody and pronounced fit to be detained and interviewed.
The arrested man will appear in court charged with possession of a knife in a public place. He had been circulated as wanted on recall to prison where the index offence was grievous bodily harm. The IOPC has advised that they will be conducting an independent investigation.
Dep Commissioner Sir Steve House absolutely coruscating about the now-suspended white officer who appears to put his knee on a black man’s neck.
“The footage...is extremely disturbing. Some of the techniques used cause me great concern – they are not taught in police training”
Former high-ranking Met Police officers commented
Former Met Police Chief Victor Olisa says the video showing a man being detained on the ground as he shouted "Get off my neck" is "extremely distressing".
The incident is now being investigated and a police officer has been suspended and another placed on restricted duties.
Ex Met Ch Supt Dal Babu tells @BBCr4today neck hold was “wrong” & points out police officer training has been cut in recent years - but says it’s important to see wider, difficult, context police are operating in:
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