Moment police officer punches innocent medical worker in the head and tells him to ‘get on the f***ing floor now’ after mistaking him for the criminal

This is the shocking moment a police officer punches a medical worker in the head,  minutes after he reported a crime

Footage shows Pc Jonathan Marsh and a female colleague speaking to Rasike Attanayake, who reported that a drunken man had smashed a notice board outside his audiology practice in Romford, Essex.

The officers begin to walk in the direction that Mr Attanayake had given them, only for their colleague to then tell them over the radio that he was the suspect.

They handcuff Mr Attanayake who pleads that he was the one who called them, as PC Marsh tells him to ‘get on the f***ing floor now’ and throws him to the ground.

The clip, released by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) shows Mr Attanayake saying ‘please can you not do that’ before PC Marsh then punches him in the head and restrains him further.

PC Jonathan Marsh, of Canvey Island, Essex, denies one count of assault by beating

Audiologist Rasike Attanayake (pictured outside court) compared his treatment to that suffered by George Floyd

Audiologist Rasike Attanayake (pictured outside court) compared his treatment to that suffered by George Floyd

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how he was placed in the back of a police van while continuing to protest his innocence.

Within just ten minutes, the officers were informed that Mr Attanayake was not the suspect.

Less than an hour later, he called police to make a formal complaint against the officers.

The court heard how he compared his treatment to that of George Floyd, the black man whose murder by a white police officer sparked worldwide protests.

‘I thought I was going to die because I could not breathe, it was the same thing,’ he said.

Mr Attanayake was later taken to hospital where he was treated for a bruised forehead and grazes to his arms and wrists.

Giving evidence, the audiologist told the court: ‘I phoned the police and then I went inside doing other things.

‘I said my friend is being attacked by a drunk and disorderly white man.

‘I was the one making the phone call, so I went to the car.

‘There was a female officer and a male officer, so I went to the passenger side.

‘I said I was the one making the phone call for the incident and my friend was getting attacked.

‘I think she (female officer PC Bogle) was not that interested.

‘I was trying to assist and I don’t think she was that interested in what I had to say.

‘He (PC Marsh) was talking to me but he was not listening to what I had to say, no offence but he was like a raging bull.

‘I said he was a few yards away because it was the same road.

‘I was directing them over there, there is a man attacking my friend.

‘Officer Marsh put handcuffs on me, I cannot remember which hand because he was twisting it in a funny way.

‘I was talking to the female officer, I was even trying to show her my phone to show her the call logs.

‘I can remember the officer saying: ‘stop resisting me, stop resisting me.’

Footage shows Pc Jonathan Marsh and a female colleague speaking to Rasike Attanayake, who reported that a drunken man had smashed a notice board outside his audiology practice in Romford, Essex

Footage shows Pc Jonathan Marsh and a female colleague speaking to Rasike Attanayake, who reported that a drunken man had smashed a notice board outside his audiology practice in Romford, Essex

The clip, released by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) shows Mr Attanayake saying 'please can you not do that' before PC Marsh then punches him in the head and restrains him further

The clip, released by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) shows Mr Attanayake saying ‘please can you not do that’ before PC Marsh then punches him in the head and restrains him further

‘I could not feel my wrist, I was in agony, instead of helping, he was having fun, he was twisting it, it was unbelievable.

‘He put the cuffs on and while the cuffs were on, I was still having a conversation with the female colleague.

‘He struck me with his knees and then hit me on the floor.

‘It was so sudden, I was just shocked, I did not know what was happening.

‘Instead of going towards the police car, he hit me and left my head in a funny way, I was on my back.

‘When I was on the floor, he hit my head and he whacked it on the floor.

‘I was in shock, I did not know how many times he did that.

‘He was already, no offence, towards the large side and when he was on my back I could not breathe.

‘He was standing on my back with his knees, close to the shoulder blades.

‘He had his knees on my back and then he held my head and whacked it on the slab.

‘I was in a bit of shock, I did not know what was going on and for a moment I just lost what was happening.

‘I was disorientated, almost panicking.

‘I could not resist, my hand was in a funny angle on my back.

‘I was co-operating, I was trying to assist the police.

‘I was saying it was very painful, it was really painful, I could not feel my right thumb, I was in agony, I thought I was going to die.

‘When I was on the floor, I think the officer was calling for back-up to arrive.’

‘It reminded me of the killing of George Floyd, I thought I was going to die because I could not breathe, it was the same thing.’

Giving evidence PC Marsh, a former prison officer at HMP Chelmsford, told the court the force he used was proportionate and necessary.

He said: ‘I placed my right leg in front of his left leg and took him to the floor, using my leg as a mechanism to roll him over.

‘I have used my knee to pin his left shoulder down.’

He was asked if his actions were unnecessary by his barrister, Ben Summers.

PC Marsh replied: ‘I disagree, I believe it was necessary. I say it was proportionate, it was one blow.’

PC Marsh said he did not regret any of his actions, including when he told Mr Attanayake to ‘get on the f*****g floor’ and to ‘do as you’re f*****g told.’

‘I don’t regret doing it,’ he added.

‘I understand the language isn’t nice but that man needs arresting.’

PC Marsh, of Canvey Island, Essex, denies one count of assault by beating.

The trial ran out of time and will resume on January 29.

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