Shocking new footage shows what happened before a mob attacked two police officers as they tried to arrest a man in McDonald’s.
The two officers are seen talking to the man at the fast food restaurant in Hackney, east London, before dragging him to the floor and trying to handcuff him.
The man can be heard saying that he will not be ‘discriminated against’ when one of the officers grabs his wrist, causing him to pull away and a scuffle to ensue.
As they do so, one person is heard saying ‘They’re going to kill him’ before an onlooker launches himself at the officer, kicking him twice.
The scene then descends into further chaos as the two policemen continue to struggle with the suspect on the floor and the ‘hostile’ by-standers crowd in on them.
One of the officers is kicked by the same man again and the PC shouts ‘get the f*** off me’ repeatedly before pointing a taser at another man who approaches him.
The two officers are seen talking to the man at the fast food restaurant in Hackney, east London
The man can be heard saying that he will not be ‘discriminated against’ when one of the officers grabs his wrist, causing him to pull away and a scuffle to ensue
A caption on the new footage, posted online, read: ‘For all of those saying he is “resisting arrest” HE IS NOT.
‘There is another film which shows the police man handle him at no point did they inform him he was under arrest.
‘This was POOR policing. But typically they only show u half the story.’
One of the suspects seen attacking the police officer was arrested and taken to a north London police station. The other is still at large.
A Met Police spokesman said one of the officers was treated for an ankle injury and the other for cuts to his face. Neither have called in sick and are already back at work.
The Met told MailOnline the taser was ‘deployed but not discharged’, which means it was switched on but not fired.
Mobile phone footage shows two police officers restraining a man as they try to arrest him at a McDonald’s in Hackney, east London on Monday night. As they pin down the suspect on the floor, one raises a police radio (right)
After one officer raises the radio one person is heard saying ‘They’re going to kill him’ before another onlooker (pictured in white) launches himself at the officer, kicking him twice
The mobile phone footage was posted on Twitter with the caption ‘meanwhile.. in hackney #NottingHillCarnival’ in the early hours of this morning.
The force appealed for witnesses who knew the other suspect on Twitter today, saying: ‘If you witnessed this incident last night please DM.
‘If the ‘tough man’ who feels it’s acceptable to kick my colleague in the back, not once but twice when trying to arrest someone, feels any sort of remorse, get in touch too before we track you down. #ProtectTheProtectors’
Dozens of users commented on the video, with some defending the actions of police and others questioning their use of force.
Several branded the youths’ behaviour ‘disgusting’ and said it ‘made them feel sick’.
One user posted saying: ‘Man pulls out his taser,’ with a crying face emoji.
After a man in white is pictured kicking one of the police officers, another onlooker (pictured in grey with pink balloon in his mouth) approaches the two PCs. At that point one of them shouts ‘get the f*** off me’ over and over again and points a yellow taser at him
A flash of light is seen as one of the officers is pictured pointing a taser at the man in grey with a pink balloon in his mouth. A Hackney Police spokesman told MailOnline the taser was switched on but not fired
Responding to the comment, the force defended the officers’ actions, saying: ‘Man got assaulted, not once but twice whilst trying to arrest someone. Think you miss the point here.’
Police had to wade into the debate again when another Twitter user accused them of tasering a man they already had pinned down on the floor.
They wrote: ‘I’d also love to know if @MPSHackney can explain why they appear to be tasering someone who is already lying on the floor with two officers on top of them holding them quite easily.’
But the force replied: ‘The officers aren’t. If you watch it you’ll see the officer produces his taser and directs it towards the crowd who assaulted them not once but twice, not the suspect on the floor.’
They added: ‘It’s down to each officer to justify their own use of force and reasons for it.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘Police were called at approximately 22:40hrs on Tuesday, 28 August to McDonalds in Mare Street, Hackney.
‘Staff at the restaurant had used the panic alarm and reported that a man was fighting with customers.
‘Two response officers attended and detained the man concerned. The officers were then confronted with a hostile crowd some of whom assaulted the officers.
‘Both officers were later treated for injuries; one for an ankle injury and the other for cuts to his face. Neither officer has reported sick.
‘Colleagues arrived on scene a short time later, a 30-year-old man was arrested for assault on police and taken to a north London police station where he is currently detained. Enquiries continue to try and identify the other suspects involved.’
Acting Borough Commander Steve Johnson of the Central East Command Unit, added: ‘Two officers, who were responding to a call to protect the public have been repeatedly assaulted.
‘This is an unacceptable, nasty incident, with my officers being kicked while they were on the floor just trying to do their job. I would ask anyone with any information to call us and assist in the investigation.’
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Quote CAD 7430/28AUG.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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