The petition calling for the suspension of police officer Kevin Rawley attracts over 51,000 supporters
A petition calling for the suspension of police officer Kevin Rawley has attracted over 52 thousand signatures following the sharing of a video that captures him assaulting a teen in East London.
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Met officer Kevin Rawley only takes control of his rage when he becomes aware he is being observed by members of the public challenging his actions. Throughout the assault the teenage pleads for him to stop.
The Daily Mail is amongst those who seek to lead a blame the victim campaign. Leading to disturbing Afriphobic comments on Ligali’s Youtube page with some also likely to be coming from off duty police officers.
Some challenge the description of the teenager as a young boy claiming he is:
- 17, tall and muscular and caught in the act.
- Whether he is young or not, if a cop feels reasonably threatened after taking into the Home Office step by step guide to utilizing force, then he is well within rights; youth or not.
- The youth has blood on his hands for going out with the intent of supplying drugs.
- He should have done what he was told maybe he will have a bit more respect for the police next time.
- Due to the youth not listening, and not being restrained by an known handcuff technique, the officer was forced to draw his baton.
Another argues the cuffs on the teen themselves posed a deadly threat to the officer stating
- The officers behaviour could be justified if he was being assaulted and struggling to detain the person. The suspect is cuffed to the front, so he has a steel and hardened plastic block between his wrists. You can be maimed or killed from being hit in the head or face by handcuffs, and it is incredibly easy to strike forward if cuffed to the front. he also has bands of steel around his wrists which again can be used as a deadly impact weapon. The officer made a mistake by not handcuffing the guy behind his back.
- I see a policeman giving instructions and someone resisting those instructions. Simple as that. Not saying its right at all. But the law is the law.
However support for the boy and his family, who due to his age must remain anonymous is growing by the minute.
- This officer should be sentenced for GBH theres no justification
- This angered me soo much!!! He has NO RIGHT beating anyone like that, Hand cuffs or No Hand cuffs because he was not a threat!! He was compliant.
- PC Kevin Rawley appears to be completely off his nut! Any sane individual can see he only escalated the situation by becoming violent like that.
- Its not right to beat up a young boy with a baton stick
- Just imagine if UK police carried guns
- The truth is if the Police want support from the community they CANNOT justify this action. The boy was handcuffed and walked compliantly until he realised he was in for a beating. This brutality must stop. Sadly, I have no faith that justice will be done.
- Nothing justify an officer of the law taking actions into their own hands, especially corporal punishment. Even parents get their children put into Child protect or social care for hitting with a tool or device
- Looks like a man deciding to take out his frustration on a teenager.
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