Second arrest of Wembley teenager who claims he is being targeted is referred to police watchdog
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Claims that a Wembley teenager who was arrested “for wearing an expensive watch” is being unfairly targeted by officers has been referred to a police watchdog.
The mother of Daniel Davis, of Ranelagh Road, is calling for action after claiming he was arrested and beaten up for a second time last week.
After being taken to Wembley Police Station the 16-year-old repeatedly passed out, resulting in him being rushed to hospital as a precaution.
He said: “The last thing I remember was waking up in the hospital bed. I felt so faint, I still do. I can’t actually remember anything after the holding cells.”
Lurline Wright, Daniel’s mother, has accused police of unfairly targeting her family and has vowed to lodge an official complaint.
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She said: “This can’t go on. The boy is scared to walk up and down the High Road now.”
“Why did they arrest my boy? He wasn’t causing any trouble; he was not wearing trainers or a hoodie. He was looking fresh because he was going to a job interview.”
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“I don’t trust them [police] and Daniel does not trust them any more. He is a 16-year-old boy, he shouldn’t be thinking like this.”
Brent Police have referred the claims to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Daniel said he was in High Road, Wembley, dressed in smart black trousers and a blue shirt, en route to discussing a job opportunity when he was stopped by police for breaching a dispersal order. The area is currently a dispersal zone which allows officers to ask groups of two or more people to leave the area. If they return within 24 hours they can be arrested.
Daniel, who claims he was not aware of receiving the order, said he was slammed to the ground by officers and bundled into the back of a police van.
He told the Times: “They grabbed me and said I was being arrested, I was annoyed and didn’t want them to put the handcuffs on me so one of them slammed my head into the ground, then I saw others come to pin me down – I was so angry.”
“I heard some woman scream ‘get off him, you are going to kill him’. They were brutal; I thought I was going to die.”
He was bailed in connection with the breach of the order and released the next day but has since visited his GP with complaints of headaches.
A Brent police spokesman said: “The boy’s arrest and his time in the custody suite were captured on CCTV which has been collected by officers and is being reviewing.
“The MPS has taken the decision to voluntarily refer this matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
“The 16-year-old has been bailed pending further inquiries to a date in mid-July.”