Concerned residents are outside Brixton police station tonight after they claim police used “unacceptable” force while arresting a man in Windrush Square.
Eyewitnesses say a “disturbed” man, aged in his 50s, passed out while in a choke hold by officers in Windrush Square at about 5.45pm today.
Brixton resident Mona Donle was among those who plan to lodge a complaint at Brixton police station. She told the Blog: “Three officers were holding this man. They pushed him to the gr0und.
“One officer choked him by holding his forearm across the man’s throat. Then another officer stamped on him. The foot was on his face and then the man passed out – we kept telling them to call an ambulance.”
“The man came round after about 20 minutes – and they were giving him oxygen. People down there were talking about Sean Rigg and Smiley Culture – it was so shocking to see such unacceptable behaviour from the police going on.”
The arrested man had earlier been reported behaving erratically and throwing bottles at people in central Brixton.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called to Windrush Square at approximately 5.10pm on Sunday to reports of a disturbance.
“Officers arrested a man in his 50s at 5.25pm. After concerns about his health officers called the London Ambulance Service. An ambulance arrived at approximately 5.30pm and he was taken to a south London hospital.
He added: “He was later discharged and taken into custody at a south London police station where he remains.”
The deputy commander for Lambeth met with with the angry residents late last night to address their concerns.
The spokesman said: “Any subsequent complaint will be fully investigated.”
The reports come only days after a damning narrative verdict at Southwark Coroner’s Court said police used “unnecessary force” while restraining mentally-ill Sean Rigg shortly before he died of a cardiac arrest.
Ms Donle has appealed for anyone with footage of the incident to email firstname.lastname@example.org.