Moment man punches Met Police Officer in row over face masks on tube train

A video shows a man punch a Metropolitan Police officer on a tube train in London following a dispute about face masks when the passenger became "aggressive".

In the clip, recorded on a District Line train at Acton Town station on Tuesday (July 6) the police officer is holding a pair of handcuffs and is trying to restain the passenger.

The man then apparently wallops the officer in the face and screams: "Don't touch me!"

He then complains: "You just strangled me!"

"Do as you're told," says the police officer and the clip ends there.

According to British Transport Police, a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and the officer went to the hospital with minor injuries.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said: "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 taken to hospital for treatment to a minor facial injury and has since been discharged.

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"A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault on an emergency worker and taken to a west London police station."

It went on: "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 has the right to hold them to account where appropriate."

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