An angry crowd confronted police officers as they arrested three children in Liverpool.
Video has emerged of furious onlookers accusing the police of roughly treating three teenagers, aged between 13 and 17, as they took them into custody in the city centre.
In footage filmed in Queens Square this afternoon, members of the public shout at arresting officers, accused by one bystander of being “bully boys”.
Two boys and a girl were held on suspicion of assault, drug possession, and disorderly and threatening behaviour.
Melissa Inman, who made the video public, told the Liverpool Echo : “I witnessed police officers attack young kids, ragging them on the floor into the van.
“One kid’s face was that red we thought he was going to pass out by how tight he was cuffed and how hard he was handled. It was disgusting!
“I am shocked at how the police handled this situation.”
A second video showing a girl struggling against officers as she is arrested was later shared on Instagram by Jennifer Craggs.
Police declined comment specifically on the allegations of rough treatment.
A spokesman said: “Merseyside Police can confirm that three people have been arrested after reports of anti-social behaviour in Queens Square, Liverpool city centre.
“Officers attended the location at about 3.10pm.
“A 13 year-old male was arrested for threatening behaviour and assault, a 15 year-old female was arrested for assaulting a police officer and possession of a controlled drug and a 17 year-old male was also arrested for disorderly behaviour.
“They have been taken to a police station where they will be questioned by officers.”