Humberside Police have spoken out after officers were filmed restraining a man in Hull city centre.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 4, a man parked his car outside the BBC building in Queens Gardens, and staged a one-man protest over what he believed to be serious property fraud in Hull.
The man was stood on top of his vehicle, which was adorned with posters and information about the alleged fraud, with people gathering to find out what was going on.
However, when police arrived it prompted onlookers to film on their phones as he was restrained and taken into custody, with some branding what they witnessed to be “police brutality” and asking the police to leave the man alone.
The footage shows the man on the floor, being restrained by six to seven police officers, who ask him to comply with them.
The crowd surrounding the police can be heard shouting obscenities at the officers, with some saying he had not done anything wrong.
Police have now said they were called to reports the man was “behaving aggressively” and “intimidating people in the area”, and he was arrested.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “Officers were called to reports of a disturbance in Queens Gardens, Hull at around 3pm on Tuesday, December 4.
“It was reported that a man was behaving aggressively in a public place, allegedly intimidating people in the area.
“A 59-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault, harassment and public order offences.”
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