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Marcus Coutain

July 17, 2020 – North Islington – Londonunited-kingdom-flag-icon-32.png
45 year-old. Feared for his life while officer was kneeling on his neckicons8-headache-24x24.png

Police were called to reports of a fight in Isledon Road around 6.30pm. What happened next emerged with a video footage filmed by an anonymous witness and released on social media.

An officer can be seen pinning Marcus to the ground with his knee on his head, telling him to “stay down” – while another policeman is restraining his legs.

Marcus seems distressed and screams “Get off my neck!“. The officer, still kneeling on him : “Are you gonna behave yourself?” “I ain’t done anything wrong,” replies Marcus.

Several members of the public plead with the officer to “stay calm” and urge him to take his knee away from his neck. The officer removes his knee and orders bystanders to “Back up” – before telling one to “Shut it” when they challenge him.

The officer continues to use his hand to force Marcus‘s head down as he writhes on the concrete, and witnesses plead with everybody to “relax“.

The first officer then stands up and walks towards the crowd, ordering them back – as a woman shouts: “That’s a human being. Do not press on his head.

The second officer eventually allows Marcus to sit up and the man filming says: “Thank you, officer.

Several more police officers arriving on the scene as tension among the crowd escalates. Witnesses tell the newly arrived officers that they have been videoing the incident and urge them to “arrest the officer“. A woman heard giving a statement to a constable says: “It’s okay to arrest him but don’t push his head and then kneel on him. It might kill him, it might injure him.

Marcus was arrested, taken to a police station and seen by a police doctor, and later charged with possession of a knife in a public place and appear at Highbury Corner magistrates court.

Sir Steve House, Deputy Commissioner, stated :

“The video footage that I have seen today and is circulating on social media is extremely disturbing. I understand that many viewing the footage will share my concern. The man involved was arrested, taken to a police station and has now been seen by a police doctor. Some of the techniques used cause me great concern – they are not taught in police training. We have quickly assessed the incident, including the body worn video footage from the officers and their statements and justification for their use of force. As a result we have referred the matter to the IOPC. We will co-operate fully with the IOPC investigation. The officers’ initial interaction with the man and the events that led to him being detained have also been analysed.”

  • 06.08.2020 – Officer removed from frontline duties
  • 18.07.2020 – Highbury Corner magistrates court
  • 17.07.2020 – Arrest and abuse of force

[Source: The Sun]