Footage shows the moment a man was arrested at Lewes Bonfire, drawing criticism over whether proportionate force was used.
Video from the scene of the arrest on Western Road, Lewes, shows several officers surrounding a man who is heard screaming: “You’re damned for stealing me for what”.
The man could also be heard shouting “f**king scum, f**king d**khead” to police.
He is then taken to the ground by police, with additional footage from the scene showing the man being held down by about four officers.
Sussex Police have confirmed that a 22-year-old man from Haywards Heath has been arrested on suspicion of homophobic disorder and assaulting a police officer.
Jasmine Hughes, who attended Lewes with her mother, father and sister for the annual procession and performances, described police action as “aggressive” and questioned whether their “stubborn” behavior was appropriate.
She said: “My family and I were very distressed by the incident, along with many bystanders.
“The handling of the man seemed disproportionate to an arrest for public disorder.”
Jasmine also said her mother was “physically pushed back” by a female police officer as she tried to see if the man was safe when he was being held by officers.
She said she did not see the man attack any of the officers who arrested him.
Sussex Police have been contacted for further comment.
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