27 year-old. Feared for his life on a chokehold
Hassan Ahmed was arrested after he was called to the area by a family member and got into an argument with a man, in which he admitted punching him.
A video of the arrest, shared on social media, shows Hassan being held on the ground with an arm around his neck.
The video footage showed him waving his hand across his throat as he struggles to breathe during the arrest.a voice can be heard saying “Chill out or I’ll choke you out, chill out or you’re going to sleep“.
In his own words, Hassan explained :
“I was afraid for my life, I thought ‘that’s it, he’s going to end up killing me’. […] I honestly thought it was my final moments, I was in shock, I was really scared. […] I was just thinking about my family, I thought ‘He’s not going to let go, he’s going to keep going, he’s going to finish me. […] I was in pain, I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t feel anything, I couldn’t even gasp for air. He carried on, then he punched me in my face. […] This is the same thing that happened to George Floyd – it’s happening on our streets too.”
Hassan was arrested on suspicion of assault after the incident and released pending investigation. Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Osman Khan, of West Yorkshire Police, said “The officer has been removed from frontline operational duties” pending investigation.
- 08.2020 – Officer suspended pending investigation, Hassan release under investigation
- 16.08.2020 – Assault on Hassan