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UK Police Force Investigates Shocking Video ‘Showing Officers Repeatedly Striking Black Man Over The Head

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UK Police Force Investigates Shocking Video ‘Showing Officers Repeatedly Striking Black Man Over The Head

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  • Two officers hold the man’s arms apart while one repeatedly hits him on the head
  • At least eight blows rain down, as the man is prevented from protecting himself
  • Yesterday West Midland Police said it was investigating officers over the video
  • Shariff Athman, 25, who  claims to have filmed the incident, said the man had ‘apparently resisted arrest’ but said the force used looked ‘shocking’

A crutch can be seen on the floor of the room before another officer shuts the door preventing the cameraman capturing any more of the incident, which took place at 9pm on Saturday night.

Despite stating they are investigating and reviewing body cam footage the force has refused to say whether the officers are theirs, when the incident happened, where it took place or how many officers are being investigated.

Despite stating they are investigating and reviewing body cam footage the force has refused to say whether the officers are theirs, when the incident happened, where it took place or how many officers are being investigated.

A video posted online shows five officers restraining a man in a flat while one officer repeatedly hits him over the head with a CS spray cannister

A video posted online shows five officers restraining a man in a flat while one officer repeatedly hits him over the head with a CS spray cannister

West Midlands Police confirmed the force was investigating the circumstances around the video which emerged online today

West Midlands Police confirmed the force was investigating the circumstances around the video which emerged online today 

The eight second video shows four male officers and and one female officer attempting to detain the man inside a room which appears to have been trashed.

At first one of the officers sprays CS gas into the air before appearing to curl the canister into his clenched fist before repeatedly hammering it down on the man’s head.

Initially there was confusions about the location of the incident as forces around the country rushed to distance themselves from the video.

But just before 3pm this afternoon West Midlands Police confirmed the video involved their officers and the force’s professional standards department are considering whether to pass a file to the police watchdog, the the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). 

In a Tweet the force said: ‘West Midland Police is aware of video footage that has been posted to social media, that shows a man being restrained by officers.

‘The video footage, together with footage from body cameras, worn by the officers is currently being reviewed.

‘Our Professional Standards department will consider whether the matter needs to be referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).’

The officers repeatedly hit the man over the head

The officers are seen hitting the man repeatedly over the head while holding his arms apart, in the video taken on Saturday evening. The video does not capture the beginning of the altercation

As the video was being filmed by a shocked onlooker, one of the five officers closed the door to block out the camera's view of the arrest

As the video was being filmed by a shocked onlooker, one of the five officers closed the door to block out the camera’s view of the arrest 

When asked to confirm if the video involved West Midlands Police officers the force refused to comment. 

After furious denials from several forces West Midlands tweeted this acknowledgement today

After furious denials from several forces West Midlands tweeted this acknowledgement today

It is not known where in the West Midlands the incident took place. 

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: ‘When I viewed the footage I, like most people, was shocked by what I saw.

‘However, I can confirm that a formal process has begun which will establish the facts surrounding this incident.

‘Footage from body cameras, worn by officers at the scene, is being reviewed.

‘I will be monitoring the situation extremely closely and will require a full explanation from West Midlands Police once all the facts are understood.’ 

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