An investigation has been launched into claims British Transport Police officers racially discriminated against a black man and used excessive force during his arrest at St Pancras station.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) declared today that it would be investigating the incident, which took place at St Pancras railway station at around 6.20pm on Tuesday, March 8. More after the cut…
Footage of the arrest shows a man being told to drop to the floor, and after he fails to do so, one officer is captured apparently hitting him several times with an extendable baton. The video has been viewed thousands of times since it was posted to Facebook last week.
British Transport Police said a Thamesmead man, aged 40, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of fare evasion and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
IPCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor said: “The IPCC has received initial witness accounts and a copy of CCTV footage from inside St Pancras station. “We are aware of the public interest and mobile phone footage circulating online. “The IPCC received a referral from BTP on Thursday, March 10 and due to the seriousness of the allegations the IPCC has taken the decision to conduct an independent investigation. “Our investigation will be looking at all the circumstances around the use of force and arrest of the individual involved.”