Bloodied pensioner may need surgery for broken eye socket after police stop

A pensioner was hospitalised with a "broken nose, shattered eye socket and jaw" after he was allegedly attacked by Met Police over a broken brake light.

The 70-year-old driver was left battered and bruised after a "struggle" took place during a police stop in Bromley, south London on Monday, September 13.

A woman, who is believed to be the victim's daughter, has posted traumatic photos on Instagram, saying that her father was beaten so bad that he needs facial reconstruction to repair the damage done to his face.

It was reported that the man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker but sustained severe injuries to his head while being detained and was rushed to hospital.

His daughter denied the claims and said that police repeatedly punched him after he “made hand gestures” to them to leave him alone after he was stopped in broad daylight.

She posted an image on Instagram which appears to show the man bleeding from a bandaged head wound in a hospital bed following the incident.

Another picture was taken after the bandage was removed and shows him with a cut and a swollen eye, reports Kent Live.

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Her first post was captioned: “Today these police men beat up my dad in the Shortlands/Bromley area as they said he posed immediate threat towards them.

“This incident escalated because the police men pulled my dad due to one of his lights not working which he was not aware of.

“My dad is born and bred Jamaican who’s accent is very strong and isn’t afraid to say what he feels about the @metpolice_uk and their corrupt racist system as my dad made hand gestures telling them to leave him alone they felt it was now their duty to physically abuse him."

"My dad is 70 years old, no more than 8 stone, 5ft 6 who has had multiple strokes, heart problems and is also on blood thinning tablets."

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The post has generated more than 5000 comments so far.

She continued in a later post: “Honestly do you know the excessive force it takes to break someone’s nose and shatter their eye socket.

“Mr officer you were moving like you wanted to give him brain damage, blind him or even kill him. Was it really needed sir?”

The man has since been released from hospital and has been released under investigation, according to the Met Police.

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A Met Police spokesperson told MyLondon: "The Metropolitan Police are aware of an incident that occurred in Highland Road, Bromley on September 13 and its circulation on social media.

"A man, in his 70s, had been stopped for a broken brake light by traffic officers and, on exiting his vehicle, assaulted an officer by punching him in the face.

"He was detained and arrested for assault on an emergency worker.

"The man sustained a cut to his head so officers administered first aid and took him to hospital.

"He was subsequently released from hospital and taken into custody.

"He has now been released under investigation."

The Met police has since referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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