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A gran was allegedly punched in the face by a police officer after "touching his head", captured in a shocking video recorded outside Sainsbury's.
Colleen Murphy, 50, was watching her son being arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour by police in Oldham, Greater Manchester, on Saturday night (August 7).
Her son had gone inside the supermarket with his sister Danielle Willisford to get some snacks for his children and a couple of beers, Manchester Evening News reports.
Meanwhile, Colleen had been prevented from entering and was "under the influence of alcohol" according to Danielle.
In the video, police bat away people nearby as they pin a man on the ground.
An older woman in a grey cardigan – identified by family members as Colleen – walks over and appears to touch one of the police officers, who then appears to stand up and decks her in the face.
The woman falls backwards and lands hard on the ground.
Danielle Willisford told Manchester Evening News her mum could have been "killed" by the force of the blow.
The worried daughter said: "So my mum, as he has punched my brother in the head, has walked over and said, 'You're hurting him, stop hurting my son'.
"She's a touchy-feely person and she was under the influence of alcohol.
"The way he hit her, he could have killed her."
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Danielle continued: "She's got a massive lump on her head and bruise on the side of her face.
"She's 50 years old. He's flung her, for nothing. She went over and touched his head, she's panicking, obviously, she shouldn't have touched him."
In the two-minute-long clip, the police officer demands the drunk man "stand up" several times before dragging him across the car park on his back.
Greater Manchester Police say that the incident has now been referred to its Professional Standards Department and the team there will look at the body-worn video of the events leading up to his arrest and the footage.
Danielle's brother was given a fine for being drunk and disorderly and she says the children have been left traumatised.
She said: "The children now don't want to be involved with the police because they are scared to death of them.
"They were crying, saying they shouldn't hit people like grandma. It was disgusting.
"They've seen my mum go flying, they hit her like she was in a boxing ring.
"My mum did not deserve that at all. It shouldn't be like that."
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In a statement, a police spokesperson said: "Greater Manchester Police are aware of a video circulating online which shows an altercation between officers and a member of the public whilst a man is being arrested.
"This incident took place after police were called just after 9pm on 7 August and responded to a report of a disturbance on Union Street, Oldham.
"A 31-year old-male was subsequently arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
"At the time of his arrest a crowd had gathered, and footage of the incident has been uploaded onto social media.
"The footage shows an altercation with members of the public attempting to intervene, while officers placed the man under arrest.
"The man received a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for being drunk and disorderly. There were no injuries reported.
"The incident has been referred to our Professional Standards Department, who will review the Body Worn Video of events leading up to the arrest, along with the footage posted.
"Enquiries are ongoing to identify those present, and we would encourage any bystanders to get in touch with us on 0161 856 9521, quoting log number 2985 of 07/08/21."
Sainsbury's press office said: "An incident took place at our Oldham store on Saturday and we are supporting the police with their investigation."
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