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Video Of Cop Striking Teen With Baton Referred To Police Watchdog
26 April 2019, 15:18 | Updated: 26 April 2019, 15:27
A video showing a police officer striking a handcuffed suspect with a baton has sparked concern online over police use of force.
Over 350,000 people have viewed the 45-second video, which appears to show a plainclothes officer striking a handcuffed black teenager several times with a baton.
In the video, the handcuffed teen can be heard screaming: "What the f*** are you doing to me? Why the f*** are you hitting me for?" As he gets on his knees he can be heard saying "I'm a child. I'm a f****** child."
The Independent Office for Police Conduct said they have received a referral from the Met Police concerning the incident and they "hope to make a decision regarding an independent investigation in shortly."
Previously on Twitter the police watchdog said: "The footage captures part of the incident but does raise questions about the officer’s use of force."
Local radio station Time 107.5 posted the video to their YouTube account.
A Met Police spokesperson said officers were on patrol in Heath Park Road, Romford around 15:00hrs on Monday, 22 April when they found reason to stop and search two teenagers under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
A 17-year-old male was searched and was found in possession of class B drugs and was subsequently arrested. He was later released under investigation.
Local residents took to social media to question the police use of force.