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Met police officer in court for alleged assault on a teenager

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A police officer has been accused of assaulting a teenager while arresting him and is due in court.

An anonymous individual caught DC Kevin Rowley, on film showing him striking the boy repeatedly with a baton this April.

Police said the incident took place after the 17 year old was under suspicion of possessing class B drugs in Romford London.

The footage circulated all over social media, depicting the officer handcuffing a black male sitting on the pavement while being beaten.

The boy shouts: “I am a child … this is illegal. You can’t do this.”

The incident was reported to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), after a complaint was made that deemed the actions of the officer too extreme.

The Metropolitan police did confirm that Rowley was on duty in that area. He is due to appear at the magistrates court on Monday.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan police federation said his organisation’s legal team would be “vigorously defending” Rowley in court.

He also said: “A short clip of an incident does not always tell the full story. And we would remind that everyone has a right to a fair trial.”

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