Police ‘removed from public duties’ after viral video shows ‘scuffle’ after stop and search
A number of police officers have been removed from “usual duties” after a video showing scuffles following a vehicle search went viral.
West Midlands Police said it was “treating this matter seriously” and the officers on film would “not be deployed on usual duties” while an internal investigation took place.
The video posted on Sunday by police monitoring campaign group Netpol showed an officer using a baton as he helped to detain a man in Aston, Birmingham.
A hoodie-wearing man asked plain-clothed cops to move, saying: “You’re in my face, move away.”
He was then called a d****** by by a bystander during the arrest in Aston, Birmingham.
In one video a colleague is seen kicking the man, who has not been identified, in the leg.
The other officer then shoves him across the street as angry locals gather.
It is alleged gas appears to be sprayed in the man’s face and he is then pinned on the ground and it is claimed he is hit with extendable batons.
In a statement, West Midlands Police said: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media relating to arrests made by officers in Birmingham yesterday.
“We are quickly gathering as much information as possible and we will undertake an assessment of that information to understand exactly what has happened.
“As always, we are treating this matter seriously and will provide further updates when we can.
“(The) Five officers are not restricted or suspended; however, they are on non-public facing duties.”
Desmond Jaddoo, a community campaigner, claimed the footage showed an unwarranted use of force. In a tweet, he said: “This not the way to conduct stop & search or treat the public.”
Netpol coordinator Kevin Blowe said comments on social media about the context of the arrest were irrelevant.
“What matters is whether the use of force by the police was reasonable and proportionate,” he said.
“It is difficult not to draw the conclusion that the police officers in the video lost control.
“Had this not been captured on film, it is unlikely West Midlands Police would now have to account for their officers’ conduct. It’s a reminder why filming stop and search incidents is so important.”
A police spokesman said a 20-year-old man arrested for a public order offence had been released under investigation.
A 28-year-old male was cautioned for possession of cannabis.