Eight West Midlands Police officers are under investigation over claims a man was assaulted and had a pillowcase put over his head during an arrest in Wolverhampton.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is looking into the allegation concerning the arrest of a 45-year-old man in Wolverhampton on February 7 this year.
It has today been revealed that the conduct of eight officers is being investigated, and all have now been interviewed under criminal caution.
Two police officers initially attended an address to arrest the man on suspicion of assault, and were joined by four more officers.
He remained in hospital for seven days and was treated for a punctured lung and fractured rib.
A spokesman for the watchdog confirmed: “Eight West Midlands police officers were served with notices by the IPCC advising them their conduct is subject to investigation. All the officers have since been interviewed under criminal caution by the IPCC.
“The IPCC’s investigation is examining whether any force used by police officers was reasonable and proportionate, how the man’s injuries were caused, and whether officers acted in accordance with procedures.”
Chief Inspector Julian Harper, from West Midlands Police professional standards department, said: “We will continue to support the IPCC with their inquiry.”
Police previously said the man was allegedly spitting at officers before a pillowcase was said to have been placed over his head. He was taken to hospital with breathing difficulties and chest pains.