News 17 July 2020

Met Police Officer Suspended After Kneeling On Handcuffed Man’s Neck During Arrest

17 July 2020

A Metropolitan Police officer has been suspended after footage emerged of a handcuffed man yelling “get off my neck” emerged online.

The incident occurred when a black man was detained and arrested by two officers yesterday evening (July 16) in Islington, London.

In the video, the man who was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of offensive weapon can be heard shouting “Get off my neck.”

The man was seen by a doctor after being taken to a police station and currently remains in custody.

As well as suspending one officer involved in the incident, another officer has been placed on restricted duties. The Met Police has called the footage “very concerning” and has
 referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

In a statement, the Met Police said: “We are aware of a video showing part of this wider incident where two officers have detained the man on the ground and appreciate this looks very concerning.

“This footage has been viewed, along with body worn footage from the officers who attended.

“Both officers involved have also provided statements.

“The officers’ initial interaction with the man and the events that led to him being detained have also been analysed.

“Our officers carry out their duty on a daily basis across London in often difficult circumstances.

“Where force is used, officers must be able to justify this as lawful, proportionate and necessary.

“Our officers understand that their actions will be scrutinised as they go about their work and that the public have the right to hold them to account where appropriate.”