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Officers on 'restricted duties' after shocking car attack

RESTRICTED DUTIES: One of officers involved in Friday's incident

TWO POLICE officers have been placed on 'restricted duties' after footage circulated on social media showing of one of them smashing a car windscreen with a young driver inside.

The incident, which happened in Camden, north London, on Friday (Sept 16), involved driver, Leon Fontana who was pulled over by officers who believed he was someone else.

Fontana, who filmed the incident and uploaded the content to Facebook, has told press how he “feared for his safety” when an officer demanded to see his ID.

He told the Sun: "Two police officers decided to pull me up, they put their sirens on and went in front of me. I indicated and pulled up, one jumped out and I just asked him what the problem was and he said he wants to see ID and get out the car.

"I told him I will show him my ID but wouldn't get out the car because I didn't need to. I've had a full licence for just over two years now. He was adamant I needed to get out the car, he thought I was going to drive off but I took the keys out of the ignition and showed him they were out.

"He got very agitated and angry and started to open my car door but it was locked so he pulled on the window and then banged on it five or six times.

"This has happened before but not to this extreme, this is the first time I've got it on camera.”

The shocking incident soon escalated and showed an officer scream at Fontana who places his keys on the dashboard and protests that he is equipped with the necessary documents to drive.

The officer then chooses to repeatedly smash Fontana’s windscreen with a baton and then cut away at the glass with a pocket knife.

Scotland Yard confirmed that the stop was a case of mistaken identity.

“The investigation will examine the officer’s use of force during the incident,” police said in a statement released on Sunday afternoon (Sept 18).

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards is now probing the incident.

A spokesman said: “Although the investigation is in its early stages, it has been established that the officers stopped the vehicle based on information relating to a man who is of interest to police.

“On conclusion of the incident the officers identified that the driver was not the man in question and he was not arrested. The investigation will examine the officer’s use of force during the incident.”

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