EXCLUSIVE: Dramatic moment, armed police pounce on "Irish travelers" and order them to "fall to the ground now" – after a nighttime drunken fight
- A witness filmed a group of four men about to be laid on the ground by the police
- The suspects were told to stay on the ground while the officers pointed guns at them
- The arrest came after an alleged fight on a quiet street in north London on Sunday
- The witness said: "It was like in a movie when a police car came to a stop and four armed officers jumped out and shouted with guns," Get down on the ground! "
This is the dramatic moment when armed police came across four men on a quiet residential street.
Frightened residents huddled in doors and behind curtains as the four men – previously involved in a drunken incident – were forced to lie on the floor while officers pointed semi-automatic weapons at them.
The suspects, who told police they were Irish travelers, were lying prone when they were searched and handcuffed before being arrested in Stroud Green, north London.
Witnesses described the arrest as "like a scene from a movie" when a police car came to a stop on a street in north London. Officials jumped out, straightened their guns and shouted, "Get on the ground!"
The arrests followed reports of a drunken fight on the quiet residential street, on which a group of men who called themselves Irish travelers heard arguing before the police arrived
A man who, according to a witness, might have reached into his pocket instead of stretching his arms wide, received a hard kick on the bottom from one of the officers, along with a barking, "Arms down!" f ***** g arms down! & # 39;
When a police helicopter circled overhead, onlookers on Harringay Road were warned: “Go back! Go back! Don't come any closer! & # 39;
An eyewitness told MailOnline, “It was around 11pm last night and we heard shouts out in the street and there was this group of five men with Irish accents who had a loud drunken argument and were pushing each other across the street.
One of them was holding a leather belt. Something had happened around the corner on Green Lane because we could see a group of girls on the corner screaming on the corner and some shopkeepers outside too, ”said the witness, who asked not to be named.
"I'm not sure what happened before, but everyone was sitting at their windows and watching what was going on."
Then suddenly I saw a couple of lights at the end of the street and it resembled a scene from a movie when a police car came to a stop and four armed officers jumped out, pointed their guns at the men and shouted, “Get on the ground now! & # 39 ;.
At this point, most people standing in their front doors or looking through windows ducked back in very quickly, not surprisingly.
“One of the men lying on the floor – I don't know if he was reaching for anything – was kicked by one of the officers who told him to put his arms down.
The suspects, who told police they were Irish travelers, were lying prone when they were searched and handcuffed before being arrested in Stroud Green, north London
“It didn't find me particularly brutal or convincing – I have no idea what happened to eventually lead to this incident. As far as I could see, the officers were very professional. & # 39;
He said the four suspects were questioned and searched on the ground and one of them asked the police, "Is it because we are Irish travelers?"
He seemed to be suggesting that the police arrest one or two shopkeepers, claiming the man had a knife. It was all pretty confusing to be honest. & # 39;
"When the four men were loaded into a van to be taken away, they got a little happy and started singing Irish songs."
The city police have been contacted.