Video footage has emerged of an arrest in Windrush Square, Brixton, which sparked allegations of heavy-handed treatment by police officers.
The images show three officers restraining 51-year old Freydoon Baluch on the pavement, watched by bystanders and drinkers outside the Ritzy cinema on Sunday afternoon.
After being restrained by police Baluch appears to be unconscious on the floor, as those watching shout for them to call an ambulance.
Baluch, of Regency Street, SW1 was due to appear in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court today charged with affray, possession of cannabis, assault on police and outraging public decency.
One eyewitnesses is heard to say in the film: “That was well over the top there was no need for that.”
Another said: “Look at that, you can see the boot mark in his face… Someone call an ambulance.”
Tonight, after a public memorial to Sean Rigg, who died in police custody in 2008, protestors will march from Lambeth Town Hall to Brixton Police Station to make a formal complaint about the incident captured above.
Marcia Rigg, Sean’s sister, wrote on the Brixton Blog yesterday: “This is appalling and demonstrates the need for officers to be made accountable for restraint related deaths as lessons are obviously not being learned.
“This is exactly how Sean died when he became unconscious after being restrained faced down in the prone position for approximately ‘eight minutes.’”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called to Windrush Square at approximately 5.10pm on Sunday to reports of a disturbance.
“Officers arrested a man in his 50s at 5.25pm. After concerns about his health officers called the London Ambulance Service. An ambulance arrived at approximately 5.30pm and he was taken to a south London hospital.
He added: “He was later discharged and taken into custody at a south London police station where he remains.”
The deputy commander for Lambeth met with with angry residents at Brixton Police Station on Sunday to address their concerns.
The spokesman said: “As a result of the meeting police have recorded this as a complaint against police, and the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards is now investigating.”
Residents have set up an email address for eyewitnesses to send more video footage of the incident to, firstname.lastname@example.org.