An Investigation Has Been Launched into The West Midlands Police Force as Footage of Excessive Force Goes Viral
The West Midlands Police service have come under fire after footage has emerged of their officers using excessive force on a British man in Birmingham.
Netpol (The Network For Police Monitoring), a not for profit organisation set-up to monitor and prevent abuse of police power, shared the footage to the press where it quickly went viral.
The footage shows a group of men having their van searched for drugs by undercover police officers. One man is detained for possession of cannabis, as he his detained he tries to explain to the officers that the cannabis is not his.
As in any situation like this, tensions often rise and things escalate, however the group on men appear for the most part to remain calm but peacefully protest their innocence. At 38 seconds into the clip an undercover officer can be seen approaching and kicking one of the young men. This is when tensions peak and the young men become angry and distressed.
During the video police can be seen kicking and hitting the young lads with a metal police baton.
During a vehicle search in Aston, Birmingham, plainclothes officers seem like they’re itching to start a fight with Asian locals pic.twitter.com/TidAfnFllS
— Netpol (@policemonitor) 30 July 2017
— Abdul Hamid Faruki (@TjpAbdul) 30 July 2017
The incident apparently took place outside the Mosque and Muslim Community Centre in Aston, Birmingham.
The video footage has caused outrage with many people condemning the police, their actions and how they dealt with the situation.
While many incidents like this happen every day across the UK, these men were lucky enough to film and capture the incident on video as it happened. Due to this and the public attention it received across social media, the West Midlands Police decided to launch their own inquiry into the incident where they had this to say:
West Midlands Police has conducted an initial investigation into footage circulated on social media featuring officers carrying out an arrest in Aston yesterday (Sunday 30 July).
Following the investigation, a decision has been made to refer the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Three local neighbourhood officers – all of constable rank – will be redeployed to other work but will not be engaged in duties outside a police station.
The 28 year old man who was arrested was cautioned for possession of cannabis was cautioned and released from police custody.
There has been an online backlash at the police force for not choosing to suspend the three officers in the video.