The Metropolitan Police Service has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) following a recent arrest made in Romford.
Police were on patrol in Heath Park Road, Romford around 15:00hrs on Monday, 22 April when they found reason to stop and search two teenagers under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
A 17-year-old male was searched and was found in possession of class B drugs and was subsequently arrested. He was later released under investigation.
We are aware of footage circulating on social media.
A full review into the circumstances surrounding the incident was carried out by the East Area Command Unit professional standards team, in liaison with the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.
A public complaint was received, then referred to the IOPC, who have now launched an independent investigation.
The MPS continues to work with our communities and will listen and act with regards to community concerns; we remain committed to keeping Londoners safe.