The Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct after a segment of video showing officers detaining a male in N7 was shared on social media.
Police were called by a member of the public at approximately 18:30hrs on Thursday, 16th July to reports of a fight in Isledon Road, N7.
When officers responded to the 999 call and arrived on scene, they noticed a male who matched the description of one of the suspects that had been given to them by a member of the public.
The male was arrested on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon. He remains in custody at a central London police station.
As officers dealt with the suspect, they were filmed by members of the public who then uploaded part of the footage to social media.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan 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.
‘On this occasion we have decided to refer this incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct’.
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