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Video Released of Police ‘Tasering’ and Punching Suspect

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

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4 Comments on this post.
  • Dave J
    15 June 2009 at 19:10
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    It would certainly be interesting to find out just what had happened leading up to the incident. Unfortunately the nature of videos like this is that they depict one side of the story and are incredibly subject to interpretation.

    Any interpretation of this video surely rests on what the man had done to warrant the police being called. All too predictably, this crucial evidence isn’t in the video.

  • John
    15 June 2009 at 19:47
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    Yet another example of our wonderful police force protecting us, they genuinely seem to enjoy their work. What surprises me is the fact that anyone is surprised by this, it happens all the time, I wonder how long it will be before the police start confiscating mobile phones so they merely have to worry about editing the CCTV footage. The job unfortunately seems to attract the type of person who should not have this power and certainly should not have weapons. We await the whitewash as usual!

  • Vanessa Anne Esi Brown
    16 June 2009 at 20:10
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    It does not matter what lead up to the incident! Police are now allowed to strike suspects with their fists! Simple. Although using a baton amy have been more painful to the suspect at least that would be been legal! Punching the suspect (out of what seems to be sheer frustration and annoyance) is completely unacceptable. But will the officer get in any trouble…I DOUBT IT.

  • Vanessa Anne Esi Brown
    16 June 2009 at 20:13
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    whoops typos:
    not allowed*
    may*
    have been*

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