Man ‘dragged by police van’
AN investigation has been launched after a man was allegedly dragged along a street by a police van.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is examining the actions of Greater Manchester Police following an incident outside Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI).
The incident happened in the early hours of Friday, April 27. The IOPC said two PCs are under investigation. The matter was referred to the IOPC by GMP after a 21-year-old man required treatment for facial injuries at MRI.
In a statement, the IOPC said: “According to the information we have at this time, the man had earlier been detained in the Fallowfield area of Manchester, but was then de-arrested prior to him being dropped off by the police at the A&E department of the hospital at around 3.30am. It is alleged that as the officers attempted to leave the hospital, the van they were driving came into contact with the man.
“Our investigation is in its early stages, however we have obtained CCTV footage of the incident and are planning to obtain accounts from the man, and the officers who attended.”
The M.E.N. understands that footage shows the man being dragged along the street by the police vehicle.
IOPC regional director Amanda Rowe said: “In view of the allegations made, it is vitally important for us to independently investigate what contact the police had with the man. Although we already have CCTV footage of the incident, it would be very helpful for us if any witnesses to these events came forward. Two police constables have been informed that their conduct is under investigation.”
In a statement, GMP said: “A referral has been made to The Independent Office for Police Conduct and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.” The IOPC has asked witnesses or anyone with information to call 0800 092 0340 or email manchester firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manchester Royal Infirmary