Birmingham & Black Country

Rally held in Alum Rock over student's arrest

A demonstration has been held in Birmingham over the arrest of a university student.

Demonstrators said police used heavy-handed tactics while arresting a man in the Alum Rock area of the city in the early hours.

West Midlands Police confirmed a Taser was used during the arrest. A 21-year-old man has since been charged with assaulting a police officer.

The rally was held on Alum Rock Road, a spokesman said.

'Officer punched'

A police spokesman said the man had been arrested in the area of Nansen Road and Ward End Park Road at about 01:20 BST on suspicion of police assault.

He said: "Officers on mobile patrol had stopped three men in the street.

"While speaking to them, one officer was punched three times in the face.

"A 21-year-old man was arrested. During the arrest a Taser was deployed by police.

"A 21-year-old man has since been charged with assaulting a police officer, criminal damage, using a motor vehicle with no insurance and using words/behaviour to cause fear of unlawful violence.

"He has been bailed to appear before Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 17 October."

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