In the beginning of the video, the officer can be heard asking the man why he did not open the door. The commission will either investigate the allegations or refer it back to West Midlands Police’s Professional Standards Department, Edmonds said.
In a brief statement Wednesday, the commission said: “After careful assessment, we have decided it is suitable for local investigation by the force.” Desmond Jaddoo, a community activist from nearby Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city, told the Guardian newspaper that the officer should be removed from duty and that his comments only reinforce mistrust in law enforcement.
“We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all use of force by police are both lawful and justified.
“You would be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun, definitely,” the officer, whose name was not released, can be heard telling the man. The man, whose name was not released and whose face is not shown in the video, appeared to be sitting down and smoking a cigarette as three officers in bright yellow vests stood by the door. “We expect the highest standards of behavior from all our officers and staff, and we will always take complaints from members of the public seriously,” Murray said in a statement. The officer’s name will not be released unless there’s a criminal proceeding, Edmonds said.
The comments were made while West Midlands police were searching a residence in Coventry, a city about 100 miles northwest of London, according to a news release. When one of them said they were police officers, the man responded, “That’s even worse,” and said he has seen “all kinds of videos.” “You’re going to go Black Lives Matter on us, are you? The complaint was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a national agency that investigates serious complaints and allegations of misconduct against police officers.
A female passenger can be heard telling the officer that she did not want to put her hands down to reach for her phone because she has seen “way too many videos of cops —.” “But you’re not black,” the officer said, interrupting the woman.
Police said they had perfectly legitimate reasons to pull over Richard Hubbard III as he drove through the Cleveland suburb of Euclid, Ohio, on Saturday morning. A bystander captured video of an officer slamming Hubbard to the ground and punching him repeatedly before arresting him on charges of driving under suspension and resisting arrest.
Second, the nature of that firestorm is almost universally negative toward the officer involved.
There is no reason to expect a different public reaction in this case.” Corcoran has resumed his normal role with the department.
Hubbard, a 25-year-old black man, had rolled through an intersection, they said, and a search on the 2011 Hyundai he was driving showed the owner had a suspended license. The footage went viral over the weekend, drawing some 6 million views on Facebook.
On Monday, police released dash-cam footage of the incident.
In a statement, they told local media that a “violent struggle” broke out after Hubbard ignored orders to face away from the arresting officer so he could be taken into custody.