The Metropolitan Police Service has released a statement confirming that it is aware of some footage circulating on social media of officers arresting a man on Abbott Road in Tower Hamlets on the afternoon of Tuesday, 9 July.
The officers concerned recorded the incident themselves via their Body Worn Video cameras as is standard practice.
We have decided not to share the footage, as it only shows the moment where officers had to detain the male without also showing what led up to the incident.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said:
‘Police in Tower Hamlets are talking to and listening to the local community’.
The Met also confirmed that the matter has been referred to the Central East Command professional standards unit.
At approximately 17:30hrs on Tuesday, 9 July, officers attempted to speak with a man regarding his car, which was obstructing the highway and other motorists.
The man declined to move his car and refused to provide officers with his driving licence.
A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of the highway, assaulting police and resisting arrest.
He was taken to hospital for treatment as a precaution and is now in custody at an east London police station.
Two officers sustained minor injuries.
The Metropolitan Police has released the following update:
‘A full review into the circumstances surrounding this incident was carried out by the Central East Command Unit professional standards team, in liaison with the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards’.
‘The matter was then referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, who have now declared this to be an independent investigation as of 17:15hrs on Wednesday, 10 July’.
‘The Met is committed to ensuring the safety and confidence of its communities and will support the investigation throughout’.