A Metropolitan police officer has been charged in connection with footage that went viral last year appearing to show a driver's windscreen being smashed.
PC Joshua Savage has been charged with common assault, possession of a bladed article, criminal damage, and threatening behaviour.
He was charged following an investigation by the police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), into a video filmed last September.
In the widely shared footage, filmed from inside a car, a police officer smashes a car windscreen during a stop and search while his colleague looks on, before cutting into it with a bladed implement.
The incident, which took place on Vicars Road, Camden, was referred to the IPCC after a complaint about police conduct by a member of the public.
Savage is due before magistrates in Westminster on 20 April. The Met told BuzzFeed News he remained on restricted duties and that a separate misconduct review would take place when criminal proceedings had concluded.
Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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