Policeman suspended after shocking footage shows him kneeling on handcuffed black man who shouts ‘get off my neck’

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18:18pm, Fri 17 Jul 2020
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A policeman has been suspended after ‘disturbing’ video footage emerged of a man struggling on the ground as he is arrested, shouting ‘get off my neck’.

At the start of the clip, one of the officers appears to be using his knee to control the suspect and has his hand on his head.

The man, who is black, can be heard shouting: “Get off me…get off my neck, I ain’t done anything wrong, get off my neck.”

One of the police officers is heard asking him: “Are you going to behave yourself?”

He then tells him to “stay down”, before standing up and asks onlookers who are filming the incident to "move back". Another clip shows more police officers arriving at the scene.

The Twitter user who shared the footage said: "Absolutely disgusting, my sister is in this video witnessing police brutality and them kneeling on this black man’s neck. He is clearly not a threat and is in cuffs."

A Metropolitan Police officer has been suspended and another placed on restricted duties.

The force had said a video showing part of the incident ‘looks very concerning’ and it has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Police were called to a fight in Isledon Road, Islington, north London, at around 6.30pm on Thursday.

They arrested a man at the scene on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon, Scotland Yard said.

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