Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool billed for Sunday, May 2, didn’t go as planned, as thousands of supporters had gathered outside Old Trafford in protest against the ownership of the Glazers. Hundreds of supporters made their way into the stadium, and reports claim that some parts of the protest turned a little bit violent.
Footage has emerged from the protest which appears to show a police officer punching a fan on the ground.
In the footage taken from outside, the officers are heard telling a young male to “stop resisting” as they attempt to make an arrest, dragging him behind a police van. An officer was then filmed punching the man on multiple occasions in his mid section.
The footage was filmed by bystanders, and the officer could be heard shouting “get back now” to the civilians nearby.
The person filming the incident replies: “No need to touch me. I’m getting back.”
The police officer then shouts: “Do as I say”, to which the man filming responds: “I am doing as you say, no need to touch me.”
The Greater Manchester Police has released a statement thus: “We are aware of a video circulating online of officers making an arrest during a protest today (2 May) near The Lowry Hotel.
The video depicts officers arresting a 28-year-old male on suspicion of a theft from a motor vehicle and a public order offence. He currently remains in custody for questioning.
“GMP’s Professional Standards Branch has been made aware of the video and will be examining the footage and all available evidence to understand the full circumstances surrounding the arrest.”