originally by: Birmingham Mail
published: 2 May 2020
This is the shocking moment a man is hauled over the bonnet of a police car and and repeatedly punched by an officer investigating a bicycle theft. The West Midlands cop involved in the incident in Frederick Road Aston on April 20 has now been suspended after the CCTV emerged.
He is the same officer also accused of attacking a schoolboy in a separate complaint just one day later, also caught on film.
The cyclist, who suffered bruising to his torso, says he was wholly innocent. He says he was riding his own bike for permitted pandemic exercise when he was stopped.
And he claims officers were informed at the scene that the stolen bike had been found. In any case, his bicycle is grey. The stolen machine was black.
The 44-year-old’s treatment is now the subject of a formal complaint lodged by Birmingham community activist Desmond Jaddoo, acting on behalf of the cyclist.
Mr Jaddoo has accused police of racial discrimination, assault, false imprisonment and use of excessive and unjustified force. “This man was only guilty of riding his bicycle to take part in exercise, which he has been told he can do,” he said.