SHOCKING: Video has surfaced of police officers forcibly pressing down on an elderly black man
SHOCKING VIDEO has surfaced online of two white police officers forcibly restraining an elderly black man on the street in south London after a disturbance in a bank.
The worrying video was posted online by Twitter user @CandyyDean.
"This happened literally about half an hour ago. Police injustice. They were holding down this OLD man for no reason," she wrote along with the video.
The video shows two officers - one in uniform and the other in plain dress - restraining the elderly man on the street near Brixton station.
Shocked onlookers can be heard shouting at the police, urging them to release the frail man.
One witness shouted, "Let go of him," while another pleaded, "Get him up".
The Metropolitan Police told The Voice that the 71-year-old man was restrained after he caused a disturbance in a bank and then "assaulted" a police officer.
"Police were called at 10:30hrs today, Monday, 9 May to Brixton Road, SW9 to a man causing a disturbance in a bank," a Met spokesperson told The Voice.
"Officers attended and spoke with the man who was escorted out of the bank, assisted by a member of the public and in the presence of the officers.
"The man then tried to get back in, and when refused entry attempted to assault officers.
"The 71-year-old man was arrested for Section 4 Public Order and is currently in custody at a south London police station."
Watch the shocking video below:
This happened literally about half an hour ago. Police injustice. They were holding down this OLD man for no reason. pic.twitter.com/4oyJ4VBVCx
— babygirl (@CandyyDean) May 9, 2016
Dean also took to Facebook to describe the incident in her own words.
"Literally 15 minutes ago, just across the road from Brixton Station, the police were holding down an OLD man, he honestly must have been about 65+, but they way they were holding him down it was as if they didn't see age..only the colour of this mans skin in my opinion," she wrote on Facebook.
She explained that the elderly man told the officers that they were hurting him, but they did not release their firm grip.
According to Dean, the officers called for backup, and the man was taken away in a police van.
"When the man got up he couldn't eve walk, he was limping. It was such a horrible sight."
She added: "Everyone who watched this ordeal could see this was blatant injustice.
"I'm putting this video up so you can see the level of abuse some police men have, and if this man, here, like many other men and women of colour, who in police custody ends up being severely injured or even DEAD, you know that it started here, in front of us all to see."