Shocking moment police officer kicks and hits a 15-year-old boy in broad daylight in the street as he tried to stop and search him for drugs
- Police officer was caught on CCTV appearing to kick a 15-year-old boy in Birmingham
- West Midlands Police has removed the officer from frontline duties while bosses investigate the incident from April 21
- Teenager was said to be ‘acting suspiciously’ when the officer stopped him
- Witness described response as ‘unnecessary’ adding: ‘I was completely shocked’
This is the shocking moment a police officer appears to kick and hit a 15-year-old boy in the street.
The unnamed officer can be seen grappling with the teenager moments after having calmly restrained him.
The officer has been removed from front line duties by West Midlands Police while bosses carry out an investigation.
He then appears to take the teenager to the ground with a hit to the head and a kick on his body – which one witness described as ‘unnecessary.’
The unnamed police officer was captured on CCTV, above, appearing to take the 15-year-old boy to the ground with a hit to the head and a kick on his body
The incident took place in Birmingham after the teenager was told he would be stopped and searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act, on April 21.
West Midlands Police said a teenager was ‘seen acting suspiciously’, refused to co-operate and ‘is alleged to have elbowed the officer in the face’.
A witness said: ‘I was completely shocked at the conduct of the officer.
‘The kick [from what I could see] was totally uncalled for and unnecessary.’
The teenager pictured before he was taking to the ground by the officer, left, and afterwards, right. The boy was stopped and searched after ‘acting suspiciously’, said police
An officer and passerby walk towards the policeman and teenager during the incident. West Midlands Police said the 15-year-old is ‘alleged to have elbowed the officer in the face’
Another police officer pictured at the scene afterwards, with four witnesses also seen standing nearby. One witness described the response as ‘totally uncalled for’
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: ‘The force’s Professional Standards Department is reviewing CCTV and body worn video of the incident following a complaint alleging that the boy had been assaulted by the officer during the course of his encounter.
‘It has also voluntarily been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
‘The officer has not been suspended, but has been removed from front-line duties while the investigation is carried out.’