met police officer smashing car with saw knife put on restricted duties over complaint video

London UK News 17th September

A policeman who was filmed attacking a car has been put on "restricted duties" and his use of force will be examined, Scotland Yard has said.

Dramatic footage, filmed by the driver and viewed thousands of times online, features a policeman smashing the windscreen after repeatedly telling the driver to "get out of the car", adding: "You're not allowed to drive it."

The Metropolitan Police said officers stopped the car thinking the driver was a man who is of interest to them but realised he was someone else and he was not arrested.

The video, shared on Twitter on Saturday and viewed by thousands of people, shows a uniformed police officer repeatedly telling him to "get out of the car", saying the driver is "not allowed to drive it".

A man who wanted to be referred to by his first name, Leon, told the Press Association he was the driver in the video.

He said it was a "case of mistaken identity" and a "completely unlawful act".

The incident took place at around 5pm on Friday evening in Camden.

Leon said he spent the night in hospital as he had glass in his eyes and said he was "still in shock" over the incident.

The incident took place at Weedington Road, NW5, at around 17:00hrs on Friday, 16 September.

The footage will now be subject to an investigation by officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS).

A spokesman said: "On conclusion of the incident the officers identified that the driver was not the man in question and he was not arrested."

"The investigation will examine the officer’s use of force during the incident."