‘Brutality’ furore at video of arrest

0
Have your say

The Police Ombudsman has been called in to investigate an incident in the town as a youth was arrested on suspicion of carrying a knife.

Video of the moment police arrested the youth at Levin Road has led some to accuse them of ‘brutality’.

A youth is arrested in Kilwilke by specially trained police following reports of a man carrying a knife in the area.

A youth is arrested in Kilwilke by specially trained police following reports of a man carrying a knife in the area.

The video was captured last Friday afternoon following a manhunt sparked by an incident on William Street in which a man was seen brandishing a knife.

Specially trained armed response officers were called in to assist in the hunt with fears for public safety and that of the suspect.

Video at the scene, reproduced on the Lurgan Mail website, shows one instance where an officer appears to use his foot against a youth as heavily armed police work to restrain him on the ground.

A spokesman for the Police Ombudsman’s office said: “The Police Ombudsman’s Office was informed by police on Friday afternoon (January 2nd) that a complaint had been made following an arrest at Levin Road in Lurgan.

“Police Ombudsman investigators attended the area to ensure the quick recovery of relevant evidence, and have since issued an appeal for witnesses.

“A spokesman said: “We have obtained video footage of the incident, which happened shortly after 2.30pm, but would be keen to hear from anyone else who saw or recorded video of what happened.

“Anyone who feels they may be able to assist our enquiries can contact us on either 0800 032 7880 or 028 9082 8777.”