White officer filmed 'beating' black suspect faces probe by watchdog

White police officer who was filmed ‘beatingblack suspect while arresting him for driving while disqualified faces probe by watchdog

  • Children heard screaming in horror as man detained at house in Newport, Wallis
  • Footage appears to show officer repeatedly hitting the suspect with his baton
  • Policeman then pins him down on top of some wooden pallets in the back garden
  • The IOPC is now investigating after a referral made by the force, Gwent Police
  • This is the shocking moment a white police officer appears to beat a black suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified and without insurance in Wales.

    Children can be heard screaming in horror as the man was detained by the ‘heavy-handedpolice officer at a property in Newport at around 5pm on Friday.

    The police watchdog is now investigating after the force, Gwent Police, made a referral as the video was widely circulated on social media.

    The disturbing mobile phone footage shows the officer repeatedly hitting the suspect with his baton before pinning him down on top of some wooden pallets in the back garden.

    The video also shows the PC appearing to punch the 41-year-old man squarely in the face despite him being handcuffed on the ground.

    A woman can be heard in the clip repeatedly shouting: ‘Get off him, you’re scaring my kids.








    This is the shocking moment a white police officer appears to beat a black suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified and without insurance in Wales

    This is the shocking moment a white police officer appears to beat a black suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified and without insurance in Wales

    Children can be heard screaming in horror as the man was detained by the 'heavy-handed' police officer at a property in Newport, Wallis, at around 5pm on Friday

    Children can be heard screaming in horror as the man was detained by the ‘heavy-handedpolice officer at a property in Newport, Wallis, at around 5pm on Friday

    ‘You sprayed him, you kicked him, you punched him, you pushed my kids. I’m making a complaint on you.

    ‘You absolute bully. Absolute ridiculous behaviour.

    ‘I want the police called on the police. He could do with an ambulance. Let me give him some water.

    Die beeldmateriaal, which has been viewed several thousands times in less than 24 hours after being obtained by Birmz Is Grime, drew widespread criticism online.

    One web user wrote: ‘He clearly wasn’t resisting was he.

    ‘Didn’t see him throwing punches, trying to run away yet the police officer still needed to use the baton on his head.

    ‘It’s acceptable to use the recommended use of legal forcethis was not the recommended it was way above.

    Nog een het bygevoeg: ‘Just another copper abusing his power and being heavy-handed when uncalled for. I know they have a hard job but his actions are clearly way too violent.

    Een persoon het geskryf: ‘disgracefulgot his super hero uniform on so he’s untouchable and a hard man.

    'N Ander het gesê: ‘Absolutely disgusting behaviour. That punch square to the face while he was already handcuffed and on the floor. Vile.

    However others sympathised with the officer with one person commenting: ‘Perhaps the footage doesn’t tell the full story, it’s a lone officer doing his job in a volatile situation.

    Nog een het bygevoeg: ‘He had the choice to go quietly and make no fuss but chose otherwise. Meanwhile the banshee in the background cannot accept he is a crim.

    Chief Superintendent Tom Harding, of Gwent Police, confirmed the incident had been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

    The disturbing mobile phone footage shows the officer repeatedly hitting the suspect with his baton before pinning him down on top of some wooden pallets in the back garden

    The disturbing mobile phone footage shows the officer repeatedly hitting the suspect with his baton before pinning him down on top of some wooden pallets in the back garden

    Hy het gesê: ‘Officers attended an address in Livale Court, Newport on Friday 9 July at around 5.05pm to make enquiries in relation to a report of a man driving while disqualified.

    ‘A 41-year-old man from Newport was located and was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

    ‘He was later charged with these offences and appeared at Newport Magistrates Court on Monday 12 Julie.

    ‘The man was also arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and obstructing an officer in execution of their duty.

    ‘He was released under investigation for these offences.

    ‘We’re aware of a video circulating on social media involving one of our officers, and Gwent Police takes all reports of this nature very seriously.

    ‘We understand the concern shared by the community and are in the process of reviewing our contact with this individual as a whole.

    ‘In the meantime we’re referring this to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in line with normal procedure to ensure there is independent scrutiny and review.