A late night city centre reveller was seemingly a victim of police brutality in front of the Theatre Royal at 12.30am on Monday 15th June. A video taken by a taxi driver and then released by Trent FM shows some horrifying scenes of an arrest in Nottingham city centre.
A man seems to be resisting arrest from two police officers near the Reflex nightclub. Suddenly, one police officer uses a taser gun on a man who is then seen writhing around in agony as a result. The man seems to have something in his hand and when he refuses to be handcuffed, they taser him again. The true brutality comes just after the second bout of tasering when a fourth officer strikes the motionless man over his head with his fist. A gathering crowd are seen immediately protesting the blows and the situation seems to be intensifying when the video stops.
A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail.
A Nottinghamshire Police spokeswoman said: “Nottinghamshire Police’s Professional Standards Department have obtained footage of the end sequence of an incident in Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham during the early hours of this morning. Officers were called for assistance by door staff to help deal with an aggressive customer. Police attended and an officer was assaulted, requiring hospital treatment. While no complaint has been made against any of the officers involved in the incident and no one has been suspended, the footage has been voluntarily referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).”
The spokeswoman said that police are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or events leading up to the arrest, or anyone who has footage of events leading up to and during the incident.
Nottinghamshire Assistant Chief Constable Peter Davies, said: “We understand that some members of the public may be concerned about this. The public’s trust and confidence is very important for us, which is why we have referred this matter for an objective investigation to the IPCC. We are proactively looking at other CCTV in the area to ensure we have a clear picture of events leading up to the arrest and I would ask anyone in possession of such evidence, including the person who took the footage that has been published, to come forward as witnesses.”
The incident comes just weeks after a spate of crime in and around the city centre. Already, the national press have included the story in their main headlines and this piece of over-zealous policing has put yet another black mark against Nottingham’s reputation.
By Scott Perkins