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Shocking moment cop yells ‘chill out or I’ll choke you out’ as suspect struggles to breathe in arrest video

THIS is the shocking moment a cop yells “chill out or I’ll choke you out” while pinning a suspect to the ground as he struggles to breathe.

Distressing footage shows the officer pushing the suspect up against a car before slamming him to the ground on a housing estate in Halifax, West Yorks.

Footage shows the man waving his hand across his throat as he struggles to breathe during the arrest.

The officer ignores his plight and yells: “Chill out or I’ll choke you out. Chill out or you’re going to sleep.”

The suspect turns onto his back as the struggle continues and is even punched in the face by the officer who shouts: “Get onto your front”.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Osman Khan, of West Yorkshire Police, said the officer has been removed from frontline operational duties.

He said: “We are aware of a video circulating showing the arrest of a man at Spring Hall Gardens, Halifax, on Sunday 16 August in relation to assault offences.

“We immediately reviewed the footage and looked into it as a matter of urgency to establish the full circumstances.

Chill out or you’re going to sleep

“We have reviewed the actions of the officers involved and a referral has been made to the Force’s Professional Standards Directorate.

“Our investigation remains ongoing and we have made a voluntary referral to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC).

“The officer involved has been removed from frontline operational duties.

“The man arrested was released under investigation.”

The incident comes just days after the police watchdog said another of its officers would face a criminal investigation for assault for kneeling on a 17-year-old’s neck during an arrest.

Footage captured outside Leeds United Elland Road stadium on July 17 showed the teen being blasted in the face with CS gas before the officer pins him down by his neck.

The IOPC said the cop, who has since been suspended, would be interviewed on suspicion of common assault and investigated for gross misconduct.

The latest incident in Halifax follows worldwide protests over the death of George Floyd in the US.

He died in May after an officer pressed his knee into his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

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