A teenager claims he was assaulted by police in Manchester after being pulled over in his Mercedes.
Ollie Sheibani alleges he was punched ‘seven or eight times’ by officers from GMP on London Road near Piccadilly Station.
Pictures show the 19-year-old, who was heading home to pick up an epipen for his brother, with bruising to his eye and upper body.
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Video footage taken by Ollie’s girlfriend appears to show a commotion between him and two officers in the back of a police van.
GMP said a man was arrested on suspicion of obstructing police and that after the situation became ‘hostile,’ he was further arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.
He has since been released pending a decision from the CPS, they confirmed.
The teenager, from Knutsford, denies that he assaulted officers, and claims he was the one who was injured during the incident.
“We were coming back from Tenpin at the Printworks and I was driving on London Road near Piccadilly,” Ollie said, speaking to the Manchester Evening News.
“My brother has allergies and we were going home because he was feeling ill and his epipen was there.
“I have a new car – a Mercedes A45 AMG and it is quite loud. But it’s passed all the road regulations so it is fine.
“We were at a set of traffic lights and there was a police van behind. Once the lights changed I accelerated and moved over.
“The police started tailing me and I knew they were going to pull me over.”
The man said he cooperated with officers, and was told they would be issuing a Section 59 for speeding.
“But I wasn’t speeding. It was a 30mph zone and I wasn’t doing more than that,” he said.
“The other officer came out of the van and I told him I wasn’t speeding. That officer then said ‘I never said you were speeding.’
“They then changed it to a section 59 for changing lanes ‘antisocially’ and that they were going to seize my car.”
“I was explaining the situation about my brother and that we wouldn’t have any way of getting home as I live in Knutsford but they didn’t care.
“They just left us standing in the middle of Manchester at 12am.”
Ollie says he handed police his car key so that he couldn’t drive away, but that he, his girlfriend and 17-year-old brother, decided to sit in the car as they waited for the recovery truck.
“It was absolutely freezing. We didn’t see any issue and they didn’t tell us we couldn’t,” he said.
“That’s when it all kicked off. They were shouting ‘if I didn’t get out of the car they would arrest me’ so I got out. Suddenly they arrested me for obstructing a police officer.
“They grabbed me and used so much unnecessary force. A big crowd gathered and they were shouting at the crowd as well. They were just completely abusing their power.
“They started punching me in the face and that’s when my girlfriend started filming.
“The officers threw me into the van. Everyone around was saying the force wasn’t necessary.
“One of the officers started punching me and kicking me.”
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The teenager said his younger brother then attempted to explain to the officers that he needed to get home because of his allergies, but they then threatened to arrest him.
“They grabbed him and threw him into the van. I wanted to make sure he was okay so I didn’t want them to close the door,” he said.
“They punched me about seven or eight times. I’ve got really bad bruises.”
The man said he was taken to Ashton Police Station and kept overnight.
“The following morning they said they were adding an extra charge of assaulting a police officer but I was just a punch bag for them.
“I was allowed to leave but I have not heard anything since. They didn’t even give me a bit of paper or anything.”
A spokesperson for GMP said: “Officers stopped a vehicle due to concerns about the manner of driving on London Road in Manchester just before 1am on 31 January 2022.
“A man in the vehicle was spoken to by officers but was shortly afterwards arrested on suspicion of obstructing police.
“After the situation became hostile and to maintain the safety of all involved, the man was further arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.
“He was later released from custody and a file remains with the CPS.
“Body worn video was turned on throughout the incident and no formal complaint has been received.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.