Police watchdog starts investigation after officer ‘kicks and hits 15-year-old drug suspect on the street while trying to stop and search him’
- The IOPC said camera surveillance of an incident in Newtown, Birmingham has raised concerns
- A shocking video appears to kick the police officer and hit a 15-year-old boy
- The officer is seen struggling with the teenager after trying to search him
- The policeman has been taken off the front line by the West Midlands Police
The police watchdog has opened an investigation into the conduct of an officer after a complaint that he attacked a 15-year-old boy.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said that CCTV footage of the incident in Newtown, Birmingham, was shared on social media and caused much public concern.
A shocking video appears to kick the police officer and hit a 15-year-old boy on the street.
The unnamed officer struggles with the teenage moments after trying to stop him and search for drugs on Melbourne Avenue.
The unnamed police officer was captured on CCTV above and appeared to take the 15-year-old boy to the ground with a blow to the head and a kick on his body.
The officer has been fired from the front line by the West Midlands Police while the bosses are conducting an investigation.
He then appears to take the teenager to the ground with a blow to the head and a kick to the body – which a witness described as “unnecessary.”
The incident occurred at around 9:00 PM on April 21 after the teenager was told he would be arrested and searched under the “Misuse of Drugs Act.”
In a statement, the IOPC said, “Images of the incident have been shared on social media, which features a police officer involved in an altercation with the boy, who is seen striking and kicking.
The teenager took a photo before being taken to the ground by the officer on the left and then on the right. The boy was arrested and searched for “acting suspiciously,” police said
“We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the interaction that took place in an alley off Melbourne Avenue around 5:00 PM.”
IOPC Regional Director Derrick Campbell said, “We are aware that the images circulating on social media and other media have caused great public concern.
“We have decided to conduct an independent investigation into the officer’s conduct following a voluntary referral from the West Midlands Police Department.
“We will carefully investigate the circumstances of the incident and the officer’s use of force.”
An officer and passer-by walk to the police officer and teenager during the incident. West Midlands police said the 15-year-old ‘reportedly bent the officer in the face’
The IOPC said it was aware of a second recent incident involving the same officer reportedly using excessive force against another member of the public.
In a statement on Wednesday, West Midlands police said the teenager was seen suspicious on April 21 and told he would be searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
The force said in a statement, “He declined to cooperate and would have the officer face elbow.
“The officer has not been suspended, but has been fired from the front line.”
Another police officer in the photo afterwards, with four witnesses nearby. A witness described the response as “totally unsolicited”