A man claims to have suffered suspected broken ribs and cuts to his head while being arrested for a crime he was later cleared of in court.
Geoff Boyson was arrested by Northamptonshire Police after attempting to mediate between bailiffs and the owners of a convenience store.
The bailiffs accused him of interfering with their duties and called police to the Body Fuel convenience store in Northampton.
Footage shows two officers pinning Mr Boyson to the ground and repeatedly kneeing him during the arrest. The 40-year-old was subsequently charged with assaulting a police officer but was found not guilty at Wellingborough Magistrates Court, Northamptonshire, in January.
The case is now being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
Mr Boyson is currently off work with a bad back, which he said he was only trying to protect during the arrest.
Mr Boyson said he did not try to resist arrest. Credit: SWNS
The father-of-one said: "I didn't want to get arrested so I went to leave. As I was exiting, a police officer grabbed me and pulled me to the ground.
"I had a bad back at the time and didn't resist arrest at all, but I didn't want my back to get hurt.
"They kicked and kneed me. They both hit me quite hard. It was completely unnecessary.
"It was absolutely appalling treatment. I didn't deserve it. I just wanted to help."
Mr Boyson said he had got to know the owners of the convenience store because they frequently visited the cafe next door, where his wife Michelle works. He claims the bailiffs were pursuing a debt owed by the previous owners and he was attempting to explain the situation because the new Indian owners spoke limited English.
He said: "I was just trying to mediate between them and be helpful. But they just weren't prepared to talk to me at all.
"There was obvious confusion. I tried to explain that it's not their debt but I was told to leave. The shop owners had letters to prove it.
"I felt I had a right to be there because I was helping out. They accused me of interfering and said I had no business to be there."
Mr Boyson said he suffered numerous injuries during the arrest. Credit: SWNS
The former security guard was held in custody until the evening, and after he was released, he went to Northampton General Infirmary, where he claims doctors told him he had suffered suspected broken ribs, although he was not given an x-ray. He also claims to have suffered cuts to his hands and face.
A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: "A complaint from a 40-year-old man was recorded five days after an incident which occurred on January 28, 2018.
"An internal investigation into the circumstances of this complaint could not begin until a subsequent court case had concluded, so as not to undermine the legal proceedings.
"Now these proceedings are complete, the complaint will be investigated fully by the force's Professional Standards Department, in line with the College of Policing's Code of Ethics and relevant statutory guidance.
"It would be inappropriate to comment further while a complaint investigation is ongoing."
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