Birmingham police officer who tasered boy, 14, removed from frontline duties

West Midlands Police has removed an officer from frontline duties after he tasered a 14 year-old boy in Birmingham
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A police officer has been removed from frontline duties after he was filmed tasering a 14-year-old boy.

Footage of the teenager being zapped by the West Midlands Police officer caused outrage after being uploaded to social media this week.

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The incident happened after cops were called to a "neighbour dispute" on Kempson Road, in Hodge Hill, Birmingham just before 5pm on Monday (October 16).

A mobile phone video showed one officer dragging the boy from the property in a headlock - before tasering him to the ground. Onlookers can be heard shouting "get off him, get off him" while his mum screams: "He’s 14, what the f**k have you done to my son!"

The force revealed today (Wednesday, October 18) that the officer involved has since been removed from frontline duties pending an investigation. A referral has also been made to the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

A 37-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy who were arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer have been bailed pending further enquiries.

An officer has been referred to a police watchdog after shocking mobile phone footage of a 14-year-old boy being tasered to the ground in a Birmingham suburbAn officer has been referred to a police watchdog after shocking mobile phone footage of a 14-year-old boy being tasered to the ground in a Birmingham suburb
An officer has been referred to a police watchdog after shocking mobile phone footage of a 14-year-old boy being tasered to the ground in a Birmingham suburb
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A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: "Following the arrest of a 37-year-old man and a teenage boy for assaulting a police officer in Kempson Road on Monday, both have been released on police bail with strict conditions while our enquiries continue. During the incident, the 14-year-old boy was Tasered.

"The officer concerned has been removed from frontline duties while the incident is investigated. We understand the depth of feeling from members of the public who have viewed footage of the encounter online, and we are reviewing this alongside body-worn footage of the incident in its entirety to determine any wrongdoing.

"The matter has also been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to consider if they wish to conduct an independent investigation."

The footage has been viewed thousands of times on social media after being obtained and uploaded by the Birmz is Grime blog.

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Police said earlier this week their officers were faced with a "hostile crowd" after they tried to "diffuse the situation". A police spokesperson added: "One of the officers tried to arrest the suspect, but he resisted and the officer was further attacked by another man."

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