VIDEO: Leeds gang threaten police officers: ‘I will take you out’
Men have been charged after a video appearing to show police officers being threatened went viral.
Footage filmed at a park in Seacroft, Leeds, was posted on Facebook on 30 June and had been watched by over 60,000 people.
In the footage, one officer was threatened as he reached for his taser as a man said: “If you pull that out and shoot him, I will take you out – know that. I will take you out if you shoot him with your taser.”
The officers are heard telling the group to “calm down” but the man is reluctant to back down.
He tells the officer: “If that officer goes near me again yeah I will punch him in his face and protect myself.”
Warning: Video below contains strong language.
Men have been charged over the incident.
Herschel Lake, 26, of Kingsdale Court, Seacroft, and Troy Geoffrey Watson, 27, of Pigeon Cote Road, Seacroft, have both been charged with offences under Section 4 of the Public Order Act 1986.
They have been bailed to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on 31 July.
Terrence Kenneth Ramsden, 30, of Eastdean Drive, Seacroft, who was arrested at the time of the incident has also been charged with a public order offence and is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on 17 July.
Inspector Jon Mellor, who heads the Leeds Inner East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are continuing our investigation into this incident and are currently pursuing further suspects. As a result of some of those enquiries, an 18-year-old man was arrested in Seacroft yesterday on suspicion of assisting an offender and he is currently in custody.
“It remains our clear aim to deal swiftly and robustly with this investigation and we hope it will illustrate to the community and the wider public that offences of this nature will always be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately in the interests of keeping our communities safe.”