Watch: Police officer appears to repeatedly hit woman holding child in Norwich pub
PUBLISHED: 08:49 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:47 28 August 2018
A video of a police officer appearing to repeatedly hit a woman as she holds a young girl in a Norwich pub has sparked outrage.
The CCTV clip was posted on Facebook on Sunday morning and had been viewed around 600,000 times by Tuesday evening.
Norfolk police’s internal standards department is now investigating.
It shows officers arresting three women in the Nelson pub on Nelson Street on March 27 on suspicion of shoplifting from Asda.
One of the women is sitting down holding a child and the officer arresting her appears to hit her repeatedly.
She lashes back out at him and he then hits her further in the four-minute video clip.
The child is then taken away by another woman and she is arrested.
The clip sparked anger on social media. “What gives them the right to do that and to a woman with a child in her arms?” asks one commentator.
“The behaviour of the officer in the video is appalling,” one viewer wrote. “If he had concerns it would escalate, the child should have been removed from the woman’s arms and given to somebody.”
A police spokesman said officers went to the pub following reports of shoplifting and assault at Asda on Drayton High Road earlier that day. Four officers were called and arrested three people.
Three women, aged 33, 36, and 56, were charged with theft.
The 33-year-old was also charged with common assault against an Asda customer and obstructing a police officer.
All three women will appear at Norwich Magistrates Court in October.
A police spokesman said: “As this relates to an on-going case, we can only provide limited information about the incident so that we do not interfere or are seen to compromise criminal justice proceedings prior to any court hearing.”
The video was referred to the police’s Professional Standards Department on Monday. No officers have been suspended.
The spokesman added: “The footage captures four minutes of three arrests being made; what it doesn’t show is the full circumstances surrounding the incident and it’s important these are taken into account before any conclusion is reached which is why we are reviewing all information.”
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