West Yorkshire Police investigating after video shows officer 'punch' and 'grab man by throat'

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An investigation has been launched after a man who has a diagnosed brain tumour claims he was punched by a police officer.

David Baldwin had been filming a police scene in Leeds on Saturday morning when he was pushed and restrained by officers.

David Baldwin, 31, claims he was pushed to the ground, hit and grabbed around the throat by a West Yorkshire Police officer while filming an incident in Seacroft on Saturday

David Baldwin, 31, claims he was pushed to the ground, hit and grabbed around the throat by a West Yorkshire Police officer while filming an incident in Seacroft on Saturday

The moment was captured on CCTV, and West Yorkshire Police has confirmed it is investigating whether unnecessary force was used.

Officers were cordoning off a crash scene where three people were arrested in connection with a shooting which had happened nearby earlier that day.

Mr Baldwin, 31, who is in remission after being diagnosed with a brain tumour four years ago, was told to step back from the scene as he filmed it on his phone.

He was then pushed to the ground, while CCTV taken from David's home appears to show the officer strike out at David and grab his throat.

CCTV shows three officers restraining David as he was arrested for obstructing an officer - one of the officers appears to sit on him as he is restrained

CCTV shows three officers restraining David as he was arrested for obstructing an officer - one of the officers appears to sit on him as he is restrained

Two other officers then join to restrain Mr Baldwin, with one sitting on his chest, before they arrested him for obstructing them.

David said: "I heard banging and rushed out to see a car crash and started videoing it.

"An officer kept telling me to move back, but I wasn't doing anything illegal to stand where I was."

David was pushed backwards on the pavement, and claims that when he got back onto his feet, the officer in question threw a punch then pushed him against a fence while grabbing him by the throat.

David sustained a wound to his lower lip in the alleged incident

David sustained a wound to his lower lip in the alleged incident

He added: "I've got a big wound on my lip from being pushed onto the ground.

"I was diagnosed with a brain tumour four or five years ago and I'm on medication and get regular scans.

I hadn't done anything wrong - it was totally unnecessary."

David was arrested and spent several hours in a cell at Elland Road police station following the incident on Saturday, before being released later that afternoon without charge.

David Baldwin, 31, claims he was pushed to the ground, hit and grabbed around the throat by a West Yorkshire Police officer while filming an incident in Leeds on Saturday

David Baldwin, 31, claims he was pushed to the ground, hit and grabbed around the throat by a West Yorkshire Police officer while filming an incident in Leeds on Saturday

He has since lodged a complaint with West Yorkshire Police about his arrest, which the force has confirmed is being investigated.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "A man was arrested on suspicion of obstructing an officer at a scene where armed officers had stopped a car in Ramshead Approach, Seacroft, and arrested three people in relation to a firearm discharge in Kentmere Avenue, Seacroft, on Saturday (11/1).

"He was later released without charge.

"A complaint has been received by the Professional Standards Directorate who will investigate the matter."