Violent arrest of man in east London referred to police professional standards unit

A 38-year-old man suffered a seizure during the violent arrest.

The arrest of a Muslim man in east London on Tuesday has been referred to a police professional standards unit after a video footage of the arrest went viral on social media.

The Metropolitan Police said that at around 5.30pm in Poplar, officers tried talking to a man about his car, which was allegedly obstructing the highway and other motorists.

The man apparently refused to move his vehicle, as well as not providing officers with his driving licence.

The 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of the highway, assaulting police and resisting arrest.

He was taken to hospital after he suffered a seizure when police used excessive force in arresting him.

The man was in custody yesterday at an east London police station.

Video footage of the arrest was widely circulated on social media.

The Met issued a statement yesterday morning, stating: “The Metropolitan Police Service is aware of footage circulating on social media of officers arresting a man on Abbott Road in Tower Hamlets on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 9.

“The officers concerned recorded the incident themselves via their Body Worn Video cameras as is normal practice.

“Police in Tower Hamlets are talking to and listening to the local community.

“The matter has been referred to the Central East Command professional standards unit.”

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