A West Midlands Police Officer has been ‘removed from front-line duties’ after carrying out a stop-and-search under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
A 15-year-old male was stopped by the officer and was told that he would be searched after the officer had cause to suspect that the male might have drugs on him.
However, the male refused to cooperate with the officer, and it is alleged that he elbowed the officer in the face.
The officer restrained the male before he was detained and returned to his home address.
A complaint was then made to West Midlands Police against the officer, alleging that the officer had assaulted the male during the stop-and-search.
A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said:
“The force’s Professional Standards Department is reviewing CCTV and body-worn video of the incident following a complaint alleging that the boy had been assaulted by the officer during the course of his encounter.
“It has also voluntarily been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“The officer has not been suspended, but has been removed from front-line duties while the investigation is carried out”.
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