Police were 'pushed and kicked at' after a crowd of 'more than 100 people' formed as a man was arrested in south Manchester.

A 'large number of the community appeared' as officers struggled to detain the driver of a car 'linked to drugs', which was earlier seen travelling 'at a very high speed'.

Of the '100-plus' gathered on the street in Moss Side, 'at least 10' surrounded officers.

Those people, 'at best could be described as hostile', police said.

Some 'interfered' with the arrest by 'pushing and kicking at officers without the knowledge of what had occurred beforehand'.

An officer suffered a hand injury, but didn't need hospital treatment.

Cowesby Street, Moss Side

The 46-year-old's death has sparked protests across the globe.

In a statement following the incident in Moss Side on May 28, GMP said: "The recent footage of the incident in USA... has clearly raised tensions in the community."

The statement, seen by the Manchester Evening News was emailed to community groups in Manchester. It sets out the timeline of events.

Police said that at around 8.20pm, officers from GMP's Moss Side and Hulme neighbourhood team saw a vehicle parked on Cowesby Street. Two people were inside.

'Moments' earlier, the vehicle was seen 'driving at a very high speed' in Hulme.

Officers tried to 'engage' with the driver and passenger, but they refused and the windows were shut.

The vehicle was 'linked to drugs' on GMP's intelligence system and the people inside 'appeared to be concealing items', although 'it was difficult to see due to the car having illegally tinted windows to the front'.

GMP HQ

When the occupants of the car were told they were being detained under the Misuse of Drugs Act, they still refused to get out.

Officers tried to get into the car, before it rammed a police vehicle. The vehicle was then driven away.

Police gave chase. The passenger, during the pursuit, escaped.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop on Greame Street.

The driver resisted arrest. By that point, a large crowd had gathered and officers were 'surrounded'.

In the statement, the unnamed GMP officer writes: "I can understand our communities' concerns and have no issues with them witnessing the detention/arrest or filming the incident, but in this incident they were interfering with the arrest of the driver.

"There was a large police presence due to a backup call being made, but as soon as the prisoner and vehicles were removed, police withdrew from the area to assist removing some of the tension.

"This area of Moss Side has recently seen several large gatherings and we have been engaging with the community, but unfortunately the recent events elsewhere have clearly added to tensions."

Officers, the statement adds, were wearing bodycams, which were activated, meaning the 'whole event' was filmed.

The man arrested was left with a grazed elbow.

The 28-year-old is suspected of dangerous driving; failing to stop for police; obstructing police; and assault whilst resisting arrest.

Police are not looking to prosecute any other person at the scene during the incident.

Greater Manchester Police did not wish to comment further on the incident.