Police officer seen ‘kicking boy in head like a football’ in disturbing video

Shocking footage recorded by a member of the public in Manchester shows a man, identified by a witness as a police officer, kicking a teenage suspect in the head while he was being restrained by other officers.

The incident began after officers were called to reports that a woman had been chased by a group of youths in Ashton-under-Lyne town centre.

In the video, shared with the Manchester Evening News, police can be seen wrestling with a teenager on the ground on Wednesday evening.

A man, who an eyewitness claimed was a police officer, then appears to run towards the boy and direct a kick at him.

Two 14-year-olds were arrested at the scene, one on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and the other for public order offences.

A knife was also recovered, reports the Manchester Evening News, and the incident has now been referred to the Professional Standards Branch.

"I was quite shocked," said the woman who took the footage, who asked not to be named.

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"I did not expect it. I was on the bus and there was a police car and a group of young lads"

"They were following them around and it looked like they were trying to get them out of the area," she added.

"More police turned up and they grabbed his arms and handcuffed him.

"He was really trying to get out, then all of a sudden he was on the floor.

"I thought that was going to be the end of it.

"The police officer came out nowhere and kicked him like he was a kicking a football. I could tell it was his head.

"It's wrong. There's no reason for him to do that."

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: "This incident happened yesterday in Ashton-under-Lyne town centre after police were called at around 7.30pm to reports that a woman was being chased by a group of youths.

"Officers responded and two 14-year-old males were arrested, one on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and the other for public order offences.

"They have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

"A knife was recovered from the scene.

"This incident has been referred to GMP's Professional Standards Branch."

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