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Met Police officer investigated after 'kneeling on' black man's neck

A Scotland Yard officer is being investigated by the police watchdog after disturbing footage emerged of him appearing to kneel on a man’s neck during an arrest.

Marcus Coutain, 48, who is black, was filmed pleading with officers to ‘get off my neck’ as he was handcuffed on the pavement in Islington, north London. The officer involved was suspended and another was placed on restricted duties over the incident on July 16.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said it is now looking into the manner in which Mr Coutain was arrested. The officer is being investigated for common assault and gross misconduct.

Scotland Yard deputy commissioner Sir Steve House described the footage as ‘deeply disturbing’. He said some of the techniques used are ‘not taught in police training’ and they caused him ‘great concern’.

Mr Coutain was subsequently charged with possessing a knife in a public place.

He has called for a formal apology from Scotland Yard and for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to drop the charge.

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