Eight West Midlands Police officers are under investigation over claims a man was assaulted and had a pillowcase put over his head during an arrest.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is looking into the allegation concerning the arrest of a 45-year-old man in Wolverhampton on February 7 this year.
It has today been revealed that the conduct of eight officers is being investigated, and all have now been interviewed under criminal caution.
A spokesman for the watchdog confirmed: “The IPCC’s independent investigation into an allegation a man was assaulted during his arrest in Wolverhampton in February this year is ongoing.
“Eight West Midlands police officers were served with notices by the IPCC advising them their conduct is subject to investigation. All the officers have since been interviewed under criminal caution by the IPCC.
“The IPCC’s investigation is examining whether any force used by police officers was reasonable and proportionate, how the man’s injuries were caused, and whether officers acted in accordance with policies and procedures.”
Two police officers initially attended an address to arrest the man on suspicion of assault, and were joined by four more officers.
He remained in hospital for seven days having been treated for a punctured lung and fractured rib.
The investigation is examining whether any force used by police officers was proportionate, how the man’s injuries were caused, how officers responded to his request about securing his property and whether officers ‘acted in accordance with policies and procedures’ including the use of a pillowcase.