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London Police Officer Filmed Smashing Driver's Windscreen Has Been Placed On Restricted Duties

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the actions of two Metropolitan police officers.

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A Metropolitan police officer filmed smashing a driver's windscreen has been placed on restricted duties while an investigation is carried out.

Footage went viral on Saturday of an officer asking the driver in Camden, north London, to exit his vehicle, before attempting to force his way in.

On Sunday police said the two uniformed officers in the video had been identified and placed on restricted duties, and confirmed a formal complaint had been made against them.

The footage continues to be investigated, with the Met's internal watchdog, the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS), examining the officer's use of force during Friday's incident.

"Get out of the car," the officer repeatedly shouts in the video, as the male driver insists he is licensed and insured.

What gives the right for this officer to damage this car @metpoliceuk who is he?

When the man does not get out of the car, the officer first tries to pull the window open, before smashing the windscreen with his truncheon, and then cutting into it with what appears to be a knife.

Video 2 mistaken identity @metpoliceuk ???

In Sunday's statement, the Metropolitan police servc (MPS) said: "Although the investigation is in its early stages, it has been established that the officers stopped the vehicle based on information relating to a man who is of interest to police.

"On conclusion of the incident the officers identified that the driver was not the man in question and he was not arrested."

The officer's actions were widely condemned on social media.

Realistically who is getting out of the car with the way that officer is behaving? I'm staying put! Before he kills me and I'm on the news!

@OFFICIALSOSOLID @metpoliceuk mindless vandalism and intimidation .... License or no license this is ridiculous. The Met won't do anything

Can you not see the anger in that police officers face? What if that glass shattered and blinded the driver?

@OFFICIALSOSOLID @metpoliceuk Is this real? The officer is out of control I would have been fearful for my life with him behaving like that

On Saturday the Met said it was aware of the video, which was filmed on Weedington Road at around 5pm on Friday.

"As soon as the MPS was made aware of the footage, the DPS was contacted immediately," the statement said.

"No one was arrested during the incident."

BuzzFeed News is attempting to contact the driver of the vehicle in the incident.

UPDATE

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said on Tuesday it was investigating the actions of two Metropolitan police officers.

The IPCC said a complaint by the driver was referred to the commission by the Met on Monday evening.

IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said in a statement: “A large amount of public concern has been aired since this incident and I would like to reassure people that we will thoroughly investigate the officers’ actions.

“It is important that we independently and thoroughly investigate the full circumstances of what happened. We will be seeking to speak to the complainant in this incident to hear his version of events as soon as possible.”


Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.

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