Several British Transport Police officers were filmed placing a spit hood on a black man's head while pinning him on the floor of a train station in London on July 21 (video below).
I.K. Aihie allegedly turned aggressive when police tried to intervene after or during an argument with his white girlfriend, Jessica McConkey, who is seen on the video screaming at the cops and calling for people to film the incident, reports Metro.
"He’s a young black boy, he’s had a f----- argument with his girlfriend, that’s it!" McConkey shouts. "I'm his girlfriend! I'm his girlfriend! You can f-------- have an argument with your girlfriend and that's what happens!"
Aihie sounds like he is in pain as some bystanders yell at the police to stop.
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One witness says to the cops: "What the hell are you doing? Stop that! Stop it!" while another adds, "It's not a show, it's torture."
The video was filmed by Ayda Mosharraf who uploaded the recording to Facebook and wrote:
"I came across this 18 year old black boy getting arrested for having an argument with his girlfriend on platform 1 in London Bridge. I dont know what happened before this argument but the treatment by these policemen was chocking for me to see. Thats why I had to share this for people to see the "need" for such heavy police force for taking down a 150 pound young man."
The police insisted that Aihie said he was going to spit on them, and subsequently put a "spit guard" over his head.
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"Both I.K. and I are law abiding citizens and have the utmost respect for the police force and the work they do," McConkey told The Guardian. "However, in this instance we were treated unfairly and the use of force during I.K.’s arrest was excessive and unwarranted and I have made a complaint to the British Transport Police."
Aihie added: “It was a completely terrifying experience for both of us and I’ve been left bruised and shaken. I’ve never been arrested before and certainly don’t intend to ever again."
A spokesman for the BTP said:
"Whilst being held, he made a threat that he would spit at officers who then placed a spit guard on him. The man has since accepted a caution for an offence under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.
"BTP has since received a complaint from a member of the public in relation to the use of force. This complaint is being investigated by our professional standards department to determine whether the use of force was proportionate and in line with BTP training guidelines."
WARNING: Graphic video and language