The London police department has suspended a police officer, after a video footage emerged showing the officer kneeling on the neck of a black man and holding him down.
The black man was heard shouting “Get off my neck!”
This was the same manner in which an African American man, George Floyd was killed by white police officer, Derek Chauvin who kneeled on his neck leading to asphyxiation.
George Floyd’s death sparked riots and protests in the US and across the world, including London.
Said Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Steve House on the recent event in London
“Some of the techniques used cause me great concern – they are not taught in police training,”
“The video footage that I have seen today and is circulating on social media is extremely disturbing.”
The Metropolitan Police has called for an investigation by the independent police watchdog for England and Wales.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for a swift and extensive investigation into the distressing matter.
The black man was arrested on Thursday evening on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon after reports of a fight emerged.
The video clip which was filmed by an onlooker showed the white police officer kneeling on the side of the man’s head and neck, while another officer of East-Asian ethnicity is restraining the man on the ground.
The suspect protested and the officer removed his knee.
An eyewitness told the arresting police officers that the man hadn’t attacked anyone.
“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,” Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner, House said.