source: Birmingham Mail
published: 24 June 2014
A West Midlands Police officer is facing a misconduct hearing after shattering the eye-socket of a man during a violent arrest. Mohaib Qurban was told by medics that he was lucky not to have lost his sight after he was seriously injured by the officer in Dean Street, city centre.
Some of the shocking incident was captured on CCTV cameras near Birmingham Markets and appears to show the officer punching down towards Mohaib as he lies prone beside the wheels of a parked car.
The footage, which has been obtained by the Birmingham Mail, then zooms in and shows him lifted into view before the same officer is clearly seen delivering two violent knees to his head whilst his arms and legs are pinned by a further three police.
Mr Qurban’s initial “excessive force” complaint was dismissed by West Midlands Police – but an appeal to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has now been upheld.
The force has confirmed the officer is facing an internal disciplinary hearing, but will not be prosecuted in court for the March 2012 incident following an IPCC referral to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) which decided not to proceed with the case.