Twitter users questioned whether the Metropolitan Police used “reasonable and reasonable use of force” to arrest the teenager in Abbey Wood, south-east London
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Alarming footage appears to show police officers repeatedly beating a teenager during an arrest.
The Metropolitan Police have been criticized for footage taken by a concerned witness in Abbey Wood, south-east London, on Friday.
The officers apparently hit the 16-year-old several times before pushing him to the ground and arresting him.
Carina White, a media commentator who shared the video on Twitter, posted: “Hey Met Police, just wondering if this is a reasonable and appropriate use of force to arrest a 16 year old child? Kick and punch???”
“This is a friend of a friend’s son and took place yesterday at Abbey Wood.”
Ms White, herself a school principal, said the incident happened as the man she described as a GCSE student was about to visit a friend.
She continued: “He had gone to see if his friend was okay when he saw police in his garden and that was the bottom line.
“The police weren’t even there for him.”
Her post has been widely shared on Twitter since it was first uploaded.
One user who saw the clip wrote: “It’s the fact that he’s on the ground and they’re still throwing punches that pisses me off.
“Is he an ‘arrested suspect’ or is he an opponent?
Another user shared, “This is outrageous and needs to be investigated.”
Met Police say the video is being reviewed, as is footage from officers’ body cams.
The force added that two 16-year-olds have been arrested following the alleged robbery of a child.
A spokesman told Mirror Online: “Police were called on Friday 10 June to a report of a child being robbed by a group of men in the Abbey Wood area. It was reported that one of the men had threatened the victim with a bottle.
“Following a police investigation, officers visited an address in Abbey Wood to make arrest requests.
“Property reported stolen during the robbery has been recovered from address. We are not releasing the street name to protect the identity of the arrested youth.
“A 16-year-old man [A] attempted to leave the address but was arrested and arrested by officers on suspicion of robbery and possession of an assault weapon. He was released on bail pending further investigation.
“Another man entered the premises and attacked police officers. This 16 year old [B] was arrested on suspicion of causing joint bodily harm to an emergency responder. He was released as part of an investigation.
“Two police officers suffered minor injuries. They didn’t need hospital treatment.
“We are aware of video footage posted online showing part of the incident in which officers used force to arrest the suspects. This, along with the officers’ body-worn video footage, will be assessed by officers from the Occupational Standards Directorate.
“All Met officers know that any use of force must be necessary and proportionate, and that they must be accountable for their actions.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/alarming-footage-shows-police-officers-27212085 Alarming footage shows police officers repeatedly beating the 16-year-old boy during arrest