Police officer 'hits 15-year-old boy and kicks him on the ground'

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A police officer has been removed from front-line duties after this video emerged of him allegedly striking a 15-year-old boy in the street.

The unnamed officer can be seen on CCTV grappling with the teenager moments after having calmly restrained him.

The policeman then appears to hit him in the head and kick him while he is lying on the ground.

The incident took place in Melbourne Avenue, Birmingham, after a 15-year-old was told he would be stopped and searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act, on April 21.

West Midlands Police said the teenager was "seen acting suspiciously", refused to co-operate and "is alleged to have elbowed the officer in the face".

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "The force's Professional Standards Department is reviewing CCTV and body worn video of the incident following a complaint alleging that the boy had been assaulted by the officer during the course of his encounter.

"It has also voluntarily been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

"The officer has not been suspended, but has been removed from front-line duties while the investigation is carried out."

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