West Midlands Police has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct after a video showing five uniformed officers restraining a man went viral.
In the footage, a male officer could be seen repeatedly hitting the man numerous times on the head, inside a room, before another officer closes the door, ending the clip.
The officer was carrying a Pava spray, which can then be seen discharging into the room as he hits the man.
The clip went viral online with many questioning why the man was being ‘assaulted’ with so many officers present.
A police statement said: ‘West Midlands Police has voluntarily referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) after a video was posted on social media yesterday (Sunday 10 March) which has generated concern across communities.
‘On February 25 officers were called by a doctor who was conducting a mental health assessment in Sandwell.
‘During the assessment, the 38-year-old man became violent and assaulted the doctor with a metal crutch, so police were called.
‘The video circulating on social media shows edited footage of officers who attended but does not show the events which lead up to his restraint.
‘The full body worn video of the response shows the man attack the officers with his walking sticks injuring three of them.
‘Incapacitant spray was used and one officer appears to be using a distraction tactic and a full review of the circumstances will take place to decide whether the use of force was proportionate.
‘The man was arrested on suspicion of assault and taken into custody.
‘He was medically examined while in custody and he had not received any injuries. He is currently receiving treatment in a mental health facility.
‘Three officers sustained various injuries to their arms, heads, face and hands while two officers were treated for the effects of the incapacitant spray.
‘The doctor sustained a minor arm injury.’