This is the shocking moment a man appears to punch a police officer in the face as he is arrested on a London tube after allegedly becoming aggressive when he was confronted over failing to wear a face mask.
The incident took place on the District Line on 6 July near Acton Town Underground Station at around 7.35pm in front of shocked onlookers.
Video footage recorded by a witness and shared online shows the 26-year-old man, who is dressed head-to-toe in black and wearing white trainers, sitting on an empty row of seats on the busy carriage.
The clothed officer is trying to place handcuffs on him but the man, who has not been named by police, keeps resisting before appearing to punch the officer in the face.
The officer was attempting to arrest the man for breaching Covid regulations by not wearing a face mask on public transport. He had refused to provide his details meaning a fixed penalty notice could not be issued, a spokesperson for the Met Police told MailOnline.
This is the shocking moment a man appears to punch a police officer in the face as he is arrested on a London tube after allegedly becoming aggressive when he was confronted over failing to wear a face mask
The Met Police told MailOnline the footage posted online shows only a portion of the events and the man was being arrested for his earlier aggressive behaviour.
As the officer tries to restrain him, the man punches him in the face and shouts: ‘Don’t touch me!’
The officer then pulls out his baton and demands that the man give him his wrists so that he can cuff him.
‘You just punched me in the face,’ he tells the man, who in turn accuses the officer of ‘strangling’ him.
‘Do as you’re told!’ the police officer shouts, as a second male passenger stands up and tried to reason with the man.
At this point, the train conductor makes an announcement that a passenger alarm has been sounded.
‘Do as you’re told!’ the police officer shouts, as a second male passenger stands up and tried to reason with the man. Finally, the police officer takes hold of the man’s arm and pulls him out of his seat (right)
The officer again pleads with the man several times to give him his wrists, and tells him to get on the floor and spread his arms out so that he ‘cuff you safely’.
But the alleged attacker refuses to do so and repeatedly tells him: ‘If you hit me, I’ll do you for assault,’ before accusing the officer of putting his hands over his head.
The conductor then makes an announcement that the train will be moving into the next station where further assistance will be called in.
At this point, a female passenger can be heard telling another passenger: ‘He might be exempt, you don’t know, so you shouldn’t judge.
‘He’s getting beaten up for nothing because he might be exempt.’
Finally, the police officer takes hold of the man’s arm and pulls him out of his seat before placing his hands behind his back and cuffing him.
The officer then proceeds to read him his rights.
The police officer then places the man’s hands behind his back and cuffs him. The officer then proceeds to read him his rights
As he does so, the man repeatedly tells him; ‘You’re finished, that’s assault’ as the officer places a hand on his back to push him against the wall of the train.
‘That’s assault, that’s the second time,’ he says, adding ‘you’re fired, you’re gone, you’re finished.’
The man was arrested on suspicion of assault on an emergency worker and taken to a west London police station.
The police officer was taken to hospital after being punched in the face for treatment to a minor facial injury and has since been discharged, the Met Police said.
A spokesperson for the police force told MailOnline: ‘We are aware of a video circulating on social media which shows the arrest of a man at Acton Town Underground Station on Tuesday, 6 July.
‘The man had been spoken to by an officer at approximately 19:35hrs in relation to failing to wear a mask on a tube train. The man became aggressive and the officer was subsequently assaulted.’
‘The officer was attempting to arrest the male for a breach of Covid regulations [by not wearing a face covering]. He had refused to provide his details meaning a fixed penalty notice could not be issued.’
The spokesperson added: ‘The officer was taken to hospital for treatment to a minor facial injury and has since been discharged.
‘A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault on an emergency worker and taken to a west London police station.
‘The footage online shows a portion of the entire interaction of the incident between the officer and the man.
‘The footage was referred to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards who reviewed all material available in order to understand the full facts.
‘The review has been completed and no misconduct has been identified.
‘Our officers understand that their actions will be scrutinised as they go about their work, and that the public have the right to hold them to account where appropriate.’
The British Transport Police have been contacted for comment by MailOnline.