Met Police officer suspended after kneeling on man’s neck during arrest

The man, who matched the description of one of those involved in a reported fight, was being detained in Islington, north London on Thursday July 16. The incident occurred at approximately 6.30pm on Isledon Road as a man was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon. Due to its similarity to the techniques used on George Floyd, Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House declared the scene as “extremely disturbing”.

Sir Steve 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 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.

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An eye witness told the BBC of their concern over the use of force by the police.

They said: “I was worried he was going to get executed.

“That’s just how George Floyd got killed.

“If not for the crowds filming the police they could have suffocated him or broken his neck.

“He was on the floor and in handcuffs, what’s the reason for a kneeling on his neck?”

The case has now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Following the incident, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan also stated his concern over the video.

“I’m deeply concerned about this distressing incident and we have raised this with senior officers at the Met Police as a matter of urgency.

“I welcome the fact the incident has been reviewed quickly by the Met and it’s right that they have referred it to the IOPC.”



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