Student says she was punched repeatedly during arrest then strip-searched in front of male officers. The incident happened during lockdown in May in Lewisham, south-east London. The charges against the woman for allegedly obstructing a drugs search were later dropped.
Janet told BBC Newsnight she was pulled out of the car by an officer before it had come to a complete stop: “I just remember things turning like they looked a bit radioactive to me because I couldn’t… I knew that I was losing consciousness.”
She says she told the female police officer who punched her that the officer holding her down was killing her. She says the female officer “smirked” and responded: ‘If you can talk, you can breathe.” youtube
Janet was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a drug search. She says she was lifted up from the street by her handcuffs and her hair braids, causing hair to be ripped out of her scalp, and was carried to the police van.
The Office For Police Conduct (IOPC) stated: “Eight officers have been served with notices advising them they are subject to investigation, with six officers at misconduct level and two officers at gross misconduct level.” Newsnight