Shocking video footage appears to show a police officer punching a cafe worker during a raid.
Greater Manchester Police said it’s investigating after the clip was widely shared on social media.
It happened as the police reacted to an allegation that 100 people were inside a cafe in Burnage yesterday afternoon.
Police said it happened while they were arresting a 38-year-old man on suspicion of assault and resisting arrest.
The video, which has been widely circulated on social media, shows a man being arrested by two police officers, and a struggle takes place before the footage appears to show a male police officer punch the suspect in the face.
Onlookers could be heard yelling ‘get your hands off him,’ whilst another said, ‘A police officer has just punched him in the face.’ A further altercation appears to take place before the male suspect was restrained by two officers from Greater Manchester Police. The man remains in custody for questioning.
Greater Manchester Police said they’re aware of the footage circulating online and are continuing to evaluate the circumstances of the event.
A spokesperson said that police were responding to reports of non-compliance with COVID-19 restrictions by a cafe in Burnage Lane in Manchester.
The spokesperson said that officers attended and in line with procedure, endeavoured to engage with individuals and disband attendees, but that this resulted in an officer being assaulted.
The force said that one of their officers sustained injuries during the altercation but didn’t need hospital treatment.
Police were called to the cafe in Burnage Lane shortly after noon, to reports that the venue had been flouting coronavirus lockdown rules. Police issued 14 fixed penalty notices.
Greater Manchester Police haven’t confirmed the name of the cafe, but a news outlet understood that Kate & Luc Cafe Restaurant was involved.
The proprietors of the cafe have posted regularly on their Facebook page about remaining open despite the current lockdown rules.
Pictures taken at the scene also show police officers inside the cafe, and a witness said that they’d been open for takeaways but that recently they’d seen people sitting inside and the witness said that there were around 50 or 60 people inside and outside, and that no one was wearing a mask, and that it was like they were protesting against the lockdown.
However, regardless if it’s 100 or 10 people, the cafe should not be open. Although it’s understandable that people need to work, especially if they’re self-employed market traders and times are tough, but the longer rules are ignored the longer this will go on.
But it’s odd how the police are keen to respond to COVID crimes, yet they take ages to respond to other offences.
Irrelevant of what occurred, the police don’t have a right to strike a member of the public, they have a right to detain and defend themselves if needed, but as there were other officers there, I don’t honestly believe the police officer that struck the man can justify his defence and should be dismissed immediately.
After all, if that had been a council worker that had punched the average joe, he would have been detained and taken away by the police, so why should it be any different for Mr Policeman? And not only did he take one punch but he went after the man to try and take another punch and the other officers were just standing around while eyewitnesses were yelling that the officer struck the man, and if you look carefully the police officer who was gunning for the man was not wearing his mask over his face.