A pensioner was hospitalised with a “broken nose, shattered eye socket and jaw” after he was allegedly attacked by Met Police over a broken brake light.
The 70-year-old driver was left battered and bruised after a “struggle” took place during a police stop in Bromley, south London on Monday, September 13.
The victim’s daughter is said to have posted the traumatic photos to Instagram. She claimed that her father had been beaten so badly that he needed facial reconstruction.
According to reports, the man was detained on suspicion that he assaulted an emergency worker. He sustained severe head injuries and was rushed to hospital.
His daughter denied the claims and said that police repeatedly punched him after he “made hand gestures” to them to leave him alone after he was stopped in broad daylight.
The man was seen bleeding from a head injury in a hospital bed, according to an Instagram photo.
Another picture was taken after the bandage was removed and shows him with a cut and a swollen eye, reports Kent Live.
Her first post was captioned: “Today these police men beat up my dad in the Shortlands/Bromley area as they said he posed immediate threat towards them.
“This incident escalated because the police men pulled my dad due to one of his lights not working which he was not aware of.
“My dad is born and bred Jamaican who’s accent is very strong and isn’t afraid to say what he feels about the @metpolice_uk and their corrupt racist system as my dad made hand gestures telling them to leave him alone they felt it was now their duty to physically abuse him.”
“My father is 70 years old and weighs in at 8 stone. He is 5ft 6 tall. He has suffered multiple strokes, heart issues, and is on blood thinner tablets.
The post has generated more than 5000 comments so far.
She continued in a later post: “Honestly do you know the excessive force it takes to break someone’s nose and shatter their eye socket.
“Mr officer you were moving like you wanted to give him brain damage, blind him or even kill him. Was it really needed sir?”
The man has since been released from hospital and has been released under investigation, according to the Met Police.
A Met Police spokesperson told MyLondon: “The Metropolitan Police are aware of an incident that occurred in Highland Road, Bromley on September 13 and its circulation on social media.
“A man, in his 70s, had been stopped for a broken brake light by traffic officers and, on exiting his vehicle, assaulted an officer by punching him in the face.
“He was detained and arrested for assault on an emergency worker.
“Officers treated the man’s head and took him to the hospital.
“He was subsequently released from hospital and taken into custody.
“The investigation has been completed and he is now free to go.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct has been referred to the Met police.
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