This is the moment Metropolitan Police officers robustly restrain a suspect while he lays on the ground.
An officer is seen on camera holding the man down and punching him four times in ten seconds as he is surrounded by colleagues.
But Scotland Yard said today the suspect, who was arrested for driving through a red light and resisting arrest, has been charged with assaulting a police officer.
The incident in Shoreditch, east London, was witnessed by Theo Clarke, who recorded the footage on his mobile phone.
The shocking footage shows a heavy police presence in Shoreditch, London, before the camera pans to reveal around six officers pinning the suspect to the ground
Mr Clarke, 22, who works in a bicycle shop, said he was shocked by what he suggested was ‘excessive force’ used by the Met Police officers.
Speaking to MailOnline, he said: ‘I saw the police officer seem to punch the man as he laid on the ground four times in around ten seconds. You can see that on the video. I think I missed one of the punches being thrown so there would have been five in total.
‘There were lots more officers surrounding the man as he was on the ground. I was shocked by the level of force that they were using. It seemed over the top to me.’
One of the officers was then recorded punching the man four times in under 10 seconds while others pinned him to the ground
After filming the incident yesterday morning, student, Theo Clarke, said ‘the police handled the situation atrociously’
Mr Clarke added: ‘The police handled the situation badly. One officer blocked a passer-by’s view as he tried to film what was happening and threatened to confiscate his phone.
‘Once he’d been handcuffed, they sat him up on the street and then moved him into the back of a police van.’
All the other witnesses were just as shocked about the police over-reaction on one of London’s busy streets, at dusk and in front of passers-by against what appeared to be an unarmed man.
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘A 38-year-old man was charged on November 7 with assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty, violent behaviour at a police station, and non-motor fail to stop at a red light at a crossing.’
Once the detained man was handcuffed he was sat up and then moved into the back of a police van
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