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Witnesses sought following stop and search in Southwark, London

We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed a man being restrained during a stop and search by police in Southwark, south-east London.

The man was the driver of a black Range Rover with three passengers. He was stopped by police in front of St Phillip’s Church Hall on Avondale Square (off Old Kent Road), SE1 on Saturday 2 May around 10pm.

During the incident, a Metropolitan Police officer deployed the red-dot function Taser on the man. He was subsequently placed in handcuffs and searched. The other passengers were also handcuffed and searched.

We requested a voluntary referral be made by the Metropolitan Police after video footage of the incident was widely shared in media and social media, and the man lodged a formal complaint. An independent investigation was launched on Thursday 7 May.

We have recovered CCTV, body worn video footage, the footage shared online, and are taking statements from several witnesses.

IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: “This incident took place in public view late at night and was likely witnessed by passers-by and members of the public. The video was widely shared on social media platforms and used by local media outlets.

“To uphold public confidence in the police complaints system, we will be investigating the use of stop and search tactics in this incident and whether the actions of those officers were appropriate and proportionate and followed approved police policies.

“We will also investigate if racial profiling or discrimination played a part in the incident and whether any coronavirus legislation was breached.”

Did you see anything? If so, please call 0800 151 0018 or email

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