Met Police refers itself to police watchdog after distressed woman wrongly held over fare evasion

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Met Police refers itself to watchdog after mother wrongly held over fare evasion

The Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after a mother was filmed being restrained and handcuffed after inspectors suspected her of fare evasion.

The footage, which went viral on Twitter, shows the bus passenger being held by two officers during the incident in Croydon, south London.As the woman's arms are being held she is heard shouting"what the hell, what are you doing, what the f*** is going on" as bystanders surrounding the scene also demanded answers from the officers.

The Met responded to the backlash in a statement from Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist published on Twitter on Monday, saying the woman did have a valid ticket and acknowledging the incident had been distressing for her and her child. He said an initial review of the officers' actions"did not identify any conduct matters", however the force said it would"reflect" on the incident and engage in discussions with the local community in case things can be done differently in the future.

"Given the level of community concern generated we believe it is in the public interest to voluntarily refer the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct to review," he added.

 

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