Police officer filmed 'punching' man on the ground cleared

A policeman filmed punching a man on the ground during an arrest has been let off following an investigation which ruled that the officer's 'strikes were necessary'.

Police were called to Commercial Road, in Hereford, at 3.30am on November 27 last year, following reports of a disturbance outside a fast-food restaurant.

In a 59-second video, which emerged online, the officer - who is wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket and a black helmet - can be seen lying on top of the man and raising his arm with his fist clenched, before repeatedly punching him in the face.

The dramatic footage was circulated on social media by Georgia Evans who captured the incident on her mobile phone.

She claimed her friend Martin Krawuze, 22, was repeatedly punched in the face by the police officer as he was pinned to the pavement.

In a 59-second video, which emerged online, the officer - who is wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket and a black helmet - can be seen lying on top of the man and raising his arm with his fist clenched, before repeatedly punching him in the face

Miss Evans posted the footage to Facebook and within 24 hours of the incident it was viewed by more than 50,000 people and it was passed onto the police.

West Mercia Police referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) 'due to the injuries the man received during his arrest'.

Today, the IPCC ruled the officer was not guilty of misconduct.

The ruling also stated that the arrest and use of force - including the strikes - were 'necessary, reasonable and proportionate'.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori said: 'The attending officers found themselves in a volatile situation where they were outnumbered by a large crowd.

'A number of witnesses referred to items of food

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