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Man who claims to be "racist attack" victim of "down-to-earth man with blow"


New footage shows a British-Asian man claiming he was the victim of a "racist attack" by a police officer who appeared to have beaten a man shortly before his arrest.

Ahmad Hassan, 27, claimed he was ordered by a police officer to rest during an incident on Sunday in Halifax, West Yorkshire or I will suffocate you.

But the shocking new video surveillance now shows that a fight allegedly broke out between Hassan and another man shortly before his arrest.

The officer pushed Hassan against a car before pulling him to the ground while being arrested. He has now been suspended from duty at the front.

Footage uploaded to social media showed Hassan waving his hand over his neck during the arrest to signal that he could not breathe.

The arrest officer appeared to be trying to beat him during the incident and shouted, "Relax or I'll suffocate you." Relax or go to sleep. Relax, relax & # 39;

Around 100 people demonstrated outside the Halifax Police Station today when Hassan's sister claimed "the only violent behavior I saw was from the police".

Hassan told MailOnline the arrest felt like a "racist attack as a British Asian" adding, "I never thought something like this could happen in the UK. We hear about it in the US, but it's appalling that it happened in the UK. & # 39;

Shot taken just before police arrested a suspect at the Halifax crime scene on Sunday

West Yorkshire police said they are investigating the arrest, which was carried out on Sunday

West Yorkshire police said they are investigating the arrest, which was carried out on Sunday

The posters read "We want justice", "You are not above the law" and "End discrimination" after an official was suspended for alleged racism

The posters read "We want justice", "You are not above the law" and "End discrimination" after an official was suspended for alleged racism

New material, which cannot be shared for legal reasons, shows a man in cycling shorts walking away after apparently being approached by police.

After putting his cell phone on the hood of a parked car, he hits another man, appearing to hit him under the chin and lift him off his feet. The man in shorts walks up to the other man and pokes him in the face with his finger.

Ahmad was arrested on suspicion of bodily harm following the incident and released pending investigation. The suspect was not charged.

Meanwhile, detectives examining the video of the arrest confirmed that they had removed the officer from frontline operational duties. They also voluntarily forwarded the incident to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

The problems flared up on Sunday when an officer parked his tagged police car to arrest the man on suspicion of assault.

He was filmed throwing the man in black cycling shorts into the back of a van and begging, “Look. What did I do? & # 39;

The officer seemed to grab the man by the neck and wrestled him to the ground on a zebra crossing between road works before putting him in an arm lock.

The officer was then overheard telling the man to rest or I would suffocate you when a colleague moved in to help with the arrest.

Both officers, wearing yellow reflective vests, knelt on the man before the first yelled, “Turn around. Turn around. Now. & # 39;

The officer then turned the man on his stomach. Both officers then tucked his arms behind his back and kneeled on his shoulders while radioing for support.

Hassan said to MailOnline: & # 39; That's me in the video that is attacked by a police officer.

During a demonstration in Halifax, police officers were surrounded by protesters carrying a series of posters

During a demonstration in Halifax, police officers were surrounded by protesters carrying a series of posters

A man with a sign that read "Chill out or I'll let you put you to sleep" attended a demonstration outside the Halifax Police Station on Wednesday afternoon

A man with a sign that read "Chill out or I'll let you put you to sleep" attended a demonstration outside the Halifax Police Station on Wednesday afternoon

“I did not resist the arrest and the officer kept trying to suffocate me and ended up slapping me in the face, which is shown in the video.

Then the officer broke his trust and wrote a statement that I attacked him when he arrested me on the ground.

“Shows clearly that I did not resist the arrest. This officer has clearly abused his position. I've never been so scared. West Yorkshire Police are aware of this. «

Hassan added: “I never thought something like this could happen in the UK. We hear about it in the US, but it's horrific that it is happening in the UK.

“I felt that this was a racist attack because I was a British Asian. Everyone in our community has seen this video and is very disappointed with the police and has lost trust. & # 39;

He added that the incident at the city's Spring Hall Gardens "upset many people in Halifax and the surrounding area".

In an interview with The Sun, Hassan claimed he was afraid for his life and said, “I saw the angel of death coming and thought I was going to die. It's the same thing that happened to George Floyd – it happens on our streets too. & # 39;

Hassan's Sister Safyah took part in the protest today before the new clip came out and said, "The only violent behavior I saw was from the cop."

She told The Sun that the "total abuse of power" she saw in the first video made her "sick", which made her brother fear for his life.

"I felt sick when I saw my brother's video and heard him gasping for breath under that cop's stranglehold," she said.

“When I saw this cop slap him in the face while he was lying on the floor … and just minutes earlier I saw my brother with both arms in the air and physically telling the cops that he surrendered .

Safyah, who refused to give her last name, took part in a demonstration in front of the Halifax police station with around 100 people

Safyah, who refused to give her last name, took part in a demonstration in front of the Halifax police station with around 100 people

People with posters gathered for a demonstration outside the Halifax Police Station on Wednesday afternoon

People with posters gathered for a demonstration outside the Halifax Police Station on Wednesday afternoon

& # 39; And the fact that he was suffocated afterwards. There is no reason anyone with a common sense could see the amount of force that has been applied. & # 39;

She turned down suggestions that her brother resisted the arrest because he had both hands up and said, "I'm giving up."

The family asked the police to shoot the copper in question and asked them to post the body camera footage.

West Yorkshire Temporary Deputy Police Commissioner Constable Osman Khan said: “We are aware of a video showing the arrest of a man in Spring Hall Gardens, Halifax, on Sunday August 16, in connection with crime.

“We checked the footage immediately and checked it urgently to determine the full circumstances.

& # 39; We reviewed the actions of the officers involved and made a referral to the Armed Forces Professional Standards Directorate.

& # 39; Our investigation is still ongoing and we have made a voluntary referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

& # 39; The officer concerned has been removed from the frontline operational duties. The arrested man was released as part of an investigation. & # 39;