Shocking moment: Two security guards throw a 15-year-old black boy to the ground in a Superdrug store before tying his hands in handcuffs
- Video shows two security guards pinning a 15-year-old black boy to the ground
- The incident occurred at the Chichester branch of Superdrug earlier today.
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This is the shocking moment a black teenager was forcibly detained by private security guards at a Sussex supermarket.
Footage shows the two men holding the teen to the ground while handcuffing him before police arrive.
The incident occurred at the Chichester branch of Superdrug.
Sussex Police confirmed that they have launched an investigation into the incident.
One of the boy’s friends called his mother, Kirsty Buchanan, who later posted footage of the incident on Twitter.
This is the shocking moment when two civilian security guards detained a 15-year-old black boy in a Sussex supermarket
Sussex Police said they have arrested two boys aged 15 and 16 on suspicion of assault at the Chichester branch of Superdrug.
said Mrs. Buchanan Mirror the security guards were aggressive towards her son and his friends.
“What they told me is that the ranger pushed him and my son pushed him back.
“Then they threw him to the ground and she sat on top of him as seen in the video and they put plastic handcuffs on him and the police came and arrested my son.”
The woman said she did not hear from her son for an hour and a half while he was detained at Worthing police station.
She added: “The rangers who threw him to the ground have gone home for tea.”
Ms Buchanan, who previously worked as a special adviser at 10 Downing Street and the Justice Ministry, said her son has regularly experienced racist incidents and has been stopped and searched many times.
Sussex Police told MailOnline: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media of a teenager being detained by civil security personnel in Chichester this afternoon (March 22).
Police were called to the store on East Street shortly after 3:30 p.m. due to reports of a group of teenagers involved in an altercation.
The boy’s mother, Kirsty Buchanan, said security guards “dunk” her son to the ground before restraining his arms with plastic handcuffs.
A Superdrug spokesperson confirmed that an incident occurred at their Chichester store, pictured. They said a staff member was allegedly assaulted
‘A store worker also reported being assaulted.
‘Officers attended the scene and three teenagers had been detained by civil security personnel.
‘A 15-year-old boy from Worthing and a 16-year-old boy from Chichester were arrested by police on suspicion of assault.
‘They remain in police custody pending urgent investigations, with the support of appropriate adults.
“Investigations are underway to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”
A Superdrug spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘An incident occurred at our Chichester store today between Chichester BID Rangers and a group of young men who were monitoring.
‘Unfortunately, the female staff were also assaulted. This is now a police matter and we are offering our full assistance to Sussex Police.
‘Our priority is always to keep our colleagues and clients safe, we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to violence and assault. The store remains closed due to damage caused.’