In Britain, moments of horror for a Finnish-British family have come to the headlines in London, when police aimed at the family's father and 13-year-old son with a remote control. The case has sparked a debate about police practices.

It all started when Andrew Boateng and his son Huugo Boateng took part in a charity bike ride along the Lea River Canal in north London about a month ago.

Andrew and Huugo Boateng participated in charity cycling along the Lea River Canal in North London about a month ago.

Photo: Boateng's home album

The boy cycled in front of his father, but stopped to wait for this. As he turned to continue his journey, a man appeared in front of him.

- I thought it was someone crazy. He grabbed my arm and started screaming. I ran my hands free and ran into the bush because there was no other place to run. I kept running, but I fell. The man followed and he pointed at the remote control and told me to put his hands behind my head. He put the handcuffs in my hands and took me out of the bush back to the road, Huugo Boateng tells IS.

It turned out that the man was a police officer who was investigating a nearby stabbing. Another police officer was with his father. Soon a total of at least six police officers were present.

Police separated the boy from his father and spoke to them separately.

- It was scary, Huugo Boateng describes the situation.

The situation was also frightening for the father, who tried to explain to the police that his son was only 13 years old and had nothing to do with the stabbing.

- It all happened really fast. But he’s only 13 years old and I was obviously worried about him and also my own safety when pointing towards a remote cripple that can be deadly, Andrew Boateng describes.

Huugo Boateng's face was scratched after a police encounter.

Photo: Boateng's home album

Boateng asked eyewitnesses to describe the situation for certainty. An eyewitness interviewed by The Guardian found the situation unpleasant. He thought the police were holding the father in handcuffs for a long time, although this could quickly show that he was not the wanted person.

The family's Päivi mother got to hear about the events from her husband when he finally got out of handcuffs.

- Andy called as soon as he was handcuffed. I couldn't believe my ears. They came half an hour to get home. Huugo had a face in his blood and he was in shock. He did not want to let the police in later. Now he has already recovered, Päivi says.

According to Andrew Boateng, there is some tension in Britain between ethnic minorities and the police.

Photo: Boateng's home album

The family has complained about police action. Greater London police have confirmed in the British media that they have received a complaint about the case. The case is being investigated by the Office of Police Complaints. Police have not commented on the course of events to the British media.

The family hopes the complaint will bring about a change in the way the police operate. Even if it had been a stop and search situation where the police are allowed to stop and examine the person, if there is reason to believe that the person is carrying drugs, a gun or a table or stolen goods, the police could have acted differently, the family believes.

"I hope they change their approach so that they are not so aggressive but remain calm," says Huugo's son.

- If it had been said that we were from the police and had to stop, then my husband and son would have stopped. Things like that can be done better, Mother Päivi says.

According to Andrew Boateng, there are tensions between ethnic minorities and the police in Britain as well, although not in exactly the same way as in the United States.

- There is a stop and search policy that targets more ethnic minorities, who are much more likely to be stopped than Caucasians. We don’t use guns like in the United States, but we do use remote paralysis, which can also be deadly.

- We have suggested training to the police regarding unconscious prejudices.