Videos showing dozens of police officers arresting a single bookseller are stoking outrage on the internet.
The chaotic scene, recorded by several onlookers, shows the moment a man, reportedly selling black literature, was arrested during a “pre-planned anti-drug raid called “Operation Zarina” in Brixton, a district in London.
@BajanMan2711 Hi Charles, I work for the Evening Standard. Please could I use this video with a picture on our on website with a credit? Fi— Fiona Simpson (@fionajsimpson) September 1, 2016
The bookstall owner, according to local British news outlets, belonged to a charity group called Blackchild Promotions, a pan-African organization that promotes black literature.
After videos of the arrest were posted on different social media forums, many users denounced it as a case of police brutality.
I just witnessed police brutality in Brixton & I can't believe it. 30 police officers all for ONE black guy selling books!!....— Tanika Tan (@TanikaTan) September 1, 2016
There's always something going on in Brixton but they want to arrest someone for allegedly selling books 😕 https://t.co/MVv47xgMdp— tosin (@rafiaat_) September 2, 2016
TEN police officers arrest charity workers in Brixton https://t.co/lvtg4IYrOI— ss (@icelandspoet) September 2, 2016
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However, one Met police spokesperson told International Business Times unrest broke out when “officers were attempting to speak to a market trader a number of people gathered and interrupted officers from performing their duties.”
At least one cop got injured during the scuffle. One man, according to Evening Standard, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.