The incident occurred on the A46 between Newark and Lincoln around 8-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, and was captured on a phone camera by a passenger in the vehicle.
The video shows arborist Shane, who wishes to keep his last name anonymous during legal proceedings, after seeing a man driving in a black Ford allegedly obstruct the lane on the dual carriageway, while apparently using his phone.
When the two stopped and got out of the cars, the 20-year-old asked the officer why he took a picture of him and his wife and his driving.
He then suddenly found himself punched in the face, having had his foot stomped on as he told the officer he had stitches due to a chainsaw injury at work, before d ‘be kept on the ground.
Shane repeated several times that he couldn’t breathe while the officer had pinned him to the ground. The officer then released him and said hello to the camera.
Shane was subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife blade or sharp article and assault on a rescuer. He was released without charge, pending investigation.
Lincolnshire Police said the officer, who has not been named, has been removed from his normal duties pending an investigation.
Below, the full uncensored recording of The Lincolnite has been uploaded. We did not see any footage from before or after the time of the recorded incident.
La Lincolnite spoke to Shane, who detailed his story.
Another officer attended the scene and Shane said he was shocked to be arrested. He was then released under investigation Thursday.
Shane said he felt traumatized and it was “the worst night of his life” and is now “too afraid to enter Lincolnshire” despite some of his work here. He has since spoken to a lawyer about the incident.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesperson said: ‘At around 9.20pm on Wednesday 26 May, a man in his twenties was arrested just off the A46 near Aubourn.
“He was arrested on suspicion of possessing a knife blade or a sharp object; and suspected of assaulting a rescuer.
“He was released under investigation.
“As a result of this incident, one officer was removed from his normal duties while a review and investigation is being conducted by our professional standards department.
“We will not comment further while this investigation takes place. “
Shane’s foot is in agony as the incident reopened the stitches he had recently placed, and he was about to go to the hospital when he spoke to La Lincolnite give his version of the facts.
He said: “My wife and I were on our way back from Nottingham to Newark, and near Lincolnshire we wanted to buy some food.
“As I was indicating to get out safely, a guy came up behind me in his vehicle aggressively and tried to take a picture of me. I flashed him and indicated.
“We stopped and explained to him that he couldn’t drive using his phone and asked him what he was doing with the photo.
“He grabbed me right away. I pointed out that it was recorded. He then became more aggressive, grabbed me by the neck, pushed me by the throat and slammed me against the fence.
“I told him several times that I had a foot injury. He still hadn’t told me he was an officer at this point and I thought he looked like a security guard.
“I was so scared and when his hand was on my throat it reminded me of George Floyd and I thought the officer was going to kill me.
“I tried to remove his hand from my throat and he hit me in the face. He also stood on my foot as I told him he was hurt
“Then he put me down and in my head I could see what happened to George Floyd. I asked him what he was doing and what I had done wrong.
“As I was on the floor he walked up to me and told me if I moved he was going to hurt me, I was shaking for my life.
“He got up and went to his car and took off his handcuffs. Soon after, his colleague arrived and I was arrested and told it was for assaulting an officer. I explained to the officer who stopped me that I had the blade item with me due to my job and that I had other tools in the van.
“My wife tried to show the video to the other officer, but he wasn’t interested. The night I was arrested, I was scared and scared that the officer (who assaulted me) would do me more at the station. The lives of travelers and gypsies matter.
He added that he had spoken to his GP who says he is anxious about the incident and wants to speak with him again.
Shane also claimed that a police officer tried to call his wife’s phone on Friday and when she found out it was the police she said she didn’t want to talk to them without a lawyer present.
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