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IOPC investigation into use of force during Sandwell arrest

We have yesterday (Tuesday 12 March) begun an independent investigation into force used by West Midlands Police during the arrest of a man in Sandwell. Video footage from the incident has been released widely through social media.

We understand that the incident happened on the evening of Monday 25 February after officers responded to a report of an assault.

West Midlands Police made a voluntary referral yesterday (Tuesday) in relation to the incident, during which force was used including incapacitant spray.

IOPC Regional Director Derrick Campbell said:

“The footage showing a man being struck over the head several times is disturbing and I am conscious of the widespread concern it has caused, and the impact on public confidence in policing such an incident can have. We need to understand the full circumstances and have started an independent investigation that will include looking at whether the use of force by officers was justified and proportionate.

“Police body worn video footage and statements from the officers involved have been provided by West Midlands Police and will be reviewed as part of our investigation. We would urge anyone who took phone footage and/or posted it on social media to contact us.” 


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