A Metropolitan Police officer has been suspended after being videoed kneeling on the neck of a Black man in north London during an arrest.
Metropolitan Police’s deputy commissioner Sir Steve House described the footage as “deeply disturbing” and said some of the techniques, which are “not taught in police training”, caused him “great concern”.
He said one of the officers involved has been suspended and the other removed from operational duty, while the incident has been passed to the police watchdog for investigation.
The video footage, captured by an unnamed witness and posted on social media, shows two officers holding the handcuffed man on a pavement. One of the officers is at first seen kneeling on the man’s neck and has a hand on his head, while the other is restraining his legs.
The struggling man on the ground can be heard shouting: “Get off me… get off my neck. I ain’t done anything wrong – get off my neck.”
The officer is heard saying: “Are you going to behave yourself?” before telling him to “stay down”.
Members of the public are seen surrounding the officers and pleading for them to let him go, shouting: “That’s a human being.”
We could recall, there have been a worldwide protest after the death of George Floyd.