A police officer has been suspended after he was allegedly caught on film telling a young woman: “I will knock you clean f***ing out”.
The confrontation was captured on camera phone by the shocked boyfriend of the 22-year-old woman as the officer patrolled a town centre at the weekend.
As he approaches a group of revellers, the bespectacled officer shouts at the woman: “Do that to me again and I will knock you clean f***ing out.”
After being challenged by her boyfriend, the 67-second clip shows the police officer repeat: “You heard, I said I will knock her out.”
The boyfriend then asks a second time: “You said you’d knock her out?”
He is then clearly heard to say: “Yeah, yeah. If she tries to throw a punch at me, of course I would.”
Staffordshire Police have today confirmed they had suspended an officer from his duties after the video was passed onto them by the boyfriend.
The row erupted outside a bar in Trinity Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, just after 2am on Sunday.
The footage was posted on Facebook and was seen by at least 800 people before being removed.
The woman, who says she was verbally abused by the officer, said: “I was really shocked when I saw the footage.
“If it had been the other way around and I had said that to him then I think I would have been arrested.
“You can hear in the video how panicked I am and that I’m close to tears.
“I’m not knocking the police, and the policeman we first spoke to was really nice.
“After this all happened he spoke to us and he was really calm. But I don’t know where that one particular guy came from and I don’t know why he threatened me.”
The footage has also been passed to Staffordshire Police Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.
A police spokesman said: “Our communities expect only the highest standards of conduct from our officers, and while we recognise they can often face challenging situations, it is important that they remain professional throughout.
“A formal complaint has been taken in relation to the incident in Hanley involving one of our officers in the early hours of Sunday.
“We have reviewed the initial information and taken the decision to suspend the police officer concerned while we undertake a thorough and robust investigation into the complaint.
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