The UK’s police watchdog is investigating whether excessive force was used on a young black man who died after he was wrestled to the floor by an officer in a corner shop in east London.

Scotland Yard says Rashan Charles, 20, died in the early hours of Saturday after he tried to “swallow an object” before being apprehended by police. It says the officer was seeking “to prevent the man from harming himself.”

20-year-old Rashan Charles. (Screengrab from video)

Footage of the arrest posted on social media by a friend of Charles’ family shows a police officer following a man into a shop in Kingsland Road and wrestling him to the ground after he apparently failed to stop for officers.

The officer appeared to put his arm around the man’s neck, move his hand towards his mouth and handcuff him with the help of a bystander.  More….