UK Police Officer Suspended After Kneeling on Black Man’s Neck

UK Police Officer Suspended After Kneeling on Black Man’s Neck

British police announced on Friday that they had suspended a police officer after a video appeared on social media showing him kneeling on the neck of a black man during an arrest in London, UK.

The images show a man shouting “Get out of my neck” to the two policemen who keep him handcuffed to the ground, one of his knee on his neck. A little later, he is put in a sitting position.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Steve House described the video as “extremely disturbing,” noting that “some of the techniques used […] are not taught during police training. ”

“A police officer has been suspended and another statement from operational service, but not suspended yet,” he said in a statement.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), the police, was seized.

The man, who has been examined by a doctor, remains in police custody after being arrested on Thursday evening for a fight and possession of an offensive weapon, police said.

This arrest evokes that of the African-American George Floyd, whose death at the end of May by asphyxiation under the knee of a white policeman had triggered the international Black Lives Matter movement.