LONDON: Met officials repeatedly filmed beatings of boy, 16, in garden

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Outrage was sparked after footage emerged of Metropolitan Police officers allegedly throwing punches at a teenager during an arrest.

A bystander claimed the boy was “beaten up” during the south-east London incident on Friday.

It was called “outrageous” by people on social media, who claimed the violence used was unjustified.

The Met has said body-worn video will be assessed, adding that any use of force by officers must be deemed necessary and proportionate.

The scenario arose when a child was robbed by a group of men and threatened with a bottle, a spokesman said.

After investigating, officers went to a home in Abbey Wood and found the stolen property.

A 16-year-old boy tried to flee the scene and was arrested, but another teenager of the same age allegedly then attacked officers, leaving two minor injuries.

Carina White, a media commentator, shared the video on Twitter and reportedly said: “Hey Met Police, just wondering if this is a reasonable and appropriate use of force to arrest a 16 year old child? Kick and hit???’

She further claimed the teenager “went to see if his friend was okay when he saw the police in his garden and that was the bottom line,” adding, “The police weren’t even there for him .”

In response to her tweet, one social media user said, “It’s the fact that he’s on the ground and they’re still dropping punches, that pisses me off.

UNCLEARED HANDLES: Police attack 16-year-old in garden

The footage was labeled “outrageous” by people on social media (Image: Twitter/@_CarinaWh)

UNCLEARED HANDLES: Police attack 16-year-old in garden

The Met has said that video footage worn on the body will be assessed (Image: Twitter/@_CarinaWh)

“Is he an ‘arrested suspect’ or an opponent? Because based on this video, it looks like street beef, not an arrest.

Another person wrote: “This is outrageous and needs to be investigated.”

A Met spokesman told “Police were called on Friday 10 June to a report of a child being robbed by a group of men in the Abbey Wood area. It was reported that one of the men threatened the victim with a bottle.

“Following a police investigation, officers visited an address in Abbey Wood to investigate the arrest.

“Property reported stolen during the robbery was seized from the address. We do not publish the street name to protect the identity of the arrested youth.

A 16 year old man [A] tried to move away from the address but was “arrested and detained by officers on suspicion of robbery and possession of an assault weapon. He was released on bail pending further investigation.

“Another man entered the premises and attacked police officers. This 16 year old [B] was arrested on suspicion of causing joint bodily harm to an emergency responder. He was released as part of an investigation.

“Two police officers were slightly injured. They didn’t need hospital treatment.

“We are aware of video footage posted online showing part of the incident in which officers used force to arrest the suspects.

“This, along with the officers’ body-worn video footage, will be assessed by officers from the Professional Standards Directorate.

“All Met officers know that any use of force must be necessary and proportionate, and that they must be accountable for their actions.”

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