UK Police officer suspended after kneeling on Black man’s neck
In another shocking event, a Scotland Yard officer has been suspended for kneeling on the head and neck of a Black man during an arrest in London.
The action was taken after a video of the incident had surfaced. In the video, two officers were holding the handcuffed suspect on the pavement. It was recorded in the Islington area of UK capital London.
Also, a second Metropolitan Police officer has been removed from operational duty following the arrest on Thursday evening.
Recall that the UK has seen widespread Black Lives Matter protests following the death of 46-year-old African American George Floyd in Minneapolis in the US on May 25 while he was in police custody.
The deputy Met Police commissioner Sir Steve House described the footage as “extremely disturbing” and had been referred to the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
“The video footage that I have seen today and is circulating on social media is extremely disturbing. Some of the techniques used cause me great concern — they are not taught in police training,” he said.
“One officer has been suspended and another officer has been removed from operational duty, but not suspended at this time. This decision will be kept under review,” he added.
The Met Police confirmed it had charged a 45-year-old man with possession of a knife in a public place. Marcus Coutain will appear in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said, “I’m deeply concerned about this distressing incident and we have raised this with senior officers at the Met Police as a matter of urgency.