The Metropolitan police are facing criticism over a stop and search of a young black man caught on video in which several officers wrestle him to the floor before one uses CS spray while he is on the ground.

Following the circulation of the video on social media, the chair of a stop and search scrutiny panel set up by the mayor of London’s office for policing and crime called for an investigation and told the Guardian that the suspect had been “taken down to the ground like an animal”.

On Friday night, the Met confirmed that it would conduct an internal inquiry: “The incident has been referred to the Met’s directorate of professional standards.”

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon in north-west London. As the man is sprayed with the CS spray, he shouts “I can’t breathe”.

The video begins with four officers surrounding the man who is on the ground with his arms behind his back, with officers seemingly in control of him. He is then pulled to his feet.

One officer can be seen with CS spray and fires it from position a few inches away from the man’s face. The suspect then shouts: “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”

Joanne Purvis, Director of SecuriCare, says “The use of restraint should never be used as a matter of course.. It must always be a carefully considered action. The reason being is that restraint is dangerous. In this instance there seems to be an indication that the subjects breathing was impaired as a result of the restraint. We know that this can have deadly consequences. We have had too many deaths already..”

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