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Fresh appeal for witnesses to arrest and restraint of a man in Poplar

A fresh request for witnesses to an incident involving Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers and a member of the public on Abbott Road, Poplar is being issued.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a man on 9 July 2019 during which there was a period of restraint.

Video footage of part of the arrest was shared on a number of social media platforms prompting debate and leading to concerns being raised within the community about the accountability of police.

We have already gathered some video footage and contacted witnesses but are aware that other videos may have been taken of all or part of the incident and would urge anyone who can help to come forward.

Our investigation will examine the actions of MPS officers leading up to and including the arrest and restraint of the man.

This will include the decision to engage with the man and ask him to move the car, the decision to arrest him, the level of force used, the medical care provided and whether there is evidence of discrimination.

On Friday 2 August, one of the officers was informed that they are under misconduct and criminal investigation. This does not mean that criminal charges will necessarily follow and any decision to charge would be made by the CPS, not the IOPC.

We are working with the Metropolitan Police, the local authority and community figures as well as the man and officers involved to ensure everyone is updated as the investigation progresses.

A community meeting was held on 16 July when our regional director for London explained our involvement and role.

You can contact the IOPC by email at or by calling 0800 029 4688

The Independent Office for Police Conduct oversees the police complaints system and investigates the most serious incidents and complaints involving the police. All our work is done independently of the police, government and interest groups.

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