Responding to the M.E.N., story, Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “It is clear this footage will cause legitimate concern to the public and GMP need to provide reassurance that policing in Greater Manchester is carried out to the highest standards.
“There is a strong public interest in getting to the bottom of what exactly happened here. GMP have told me there are mitigating circumstances, and clearly the individual has been convicted by a jury of biting one of the police officers during this incident.
“However, it is in the interests of all those concerned that it is investigated fully, quickly and independently and I will therefore request that the Chief Constable refers this matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”
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“In custody there are occasions where police officers have to use force to keep the detainee, the officers themselves, and also other detainees, safe. All of our officers are trained in the use of restraint techniques, some of which I accept may appear quite shocking when viewed out of context by members of the public.
“Greater Manchester Police has not received any complaints about excessive use of force in relation to this incident or any breaches of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
“However, we are reviewing the circumstances surrounding this incident to ensure that the actions of all the officers involved meet the required standards to justify the force used on this occasion. Officers from GMP are also seeking to meet with the man to consider his complaints made via the media.”