Police Taser Their Own Black Race Relations Adviser

by Tasha Sharifa

In the UK, the Independent Police Complaints Commission in Bristol is launching an investigation after police have tasered a leading race relations advocate mistaking him for a wanted man.

The gross miscarriage of justice was filmed by a neighbor when he took notice of the two officers attempting to stop the man in the street.

As reported Will Worley for Raw Story:

Judah Adunbi, 63, was a founding member of the city’s Independent Advisory Group, which works to improve ties between the police and ethnic minority communities.

He was tasered after apparently being mistaken for a wanted suspect by two police officers.

The incident was captured on video by a neighbour. It showed two police officers attempting to stop Mr Adunbi in the street.

Mr Adunbi refused to give the officers his name and became involved in a tussle, resulting in the use of the taser.

Refusing to give your name is not grounds for being tasered, especially when the victim is an elderly man. After having been tasered, My Adunbi felt like it was the end of his life.

Worley continues,

“I felt that was it,” Mr Adunbi later told ITV news. “Because of the way I fell back. The way I fell backward on the back of my head. I was just paralysed. I thought that was it. I thought they were taking my life.”

He added that the incident made him feel “humiliated” and said the police should have been more “polite” in approaching him and asking him questions. Instead, the officers were “accusing” him, Mr Adunbi said.

He continued: “It’s a little distasteful in my mouth. To know that one of the founder members of the Independent Advisory Group which was created some years ago in order to improve better relationship between the Afro-Caribbean community and the constabulary and to be treated like this, it’s difficult.”
Mr Adunbi has also represented the group on the Crown Prosecution Service’s Community Involvement Panel.

Chief Superintendent Jon Reilly of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “After reviewing what happened, we voluntarily referred a complaint about this incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Mr Adunbi has also represented the group on the Crown Prosecution Service’s Community Involvement Panel.

Chief Superintendent Jon Reilly of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “After reviewing what happened, we voluntarily referred a complaint about this incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Mr Reilly added that the incident had been captured on the body cameras of the officers involved, who are still on active duties, and that he had met with Mr Adunbi and had a ”constructive” conversation.

All the work trying to mend relations between his community and law enforcement meant nothing to police when they racially profiled Adunbi and used gross misuse of power when they tasered him. This incident, coupled with the fact that the officers involved have not faced disciplinary action will likely set back any progress the city’s Independent Advisory Group has made in recent years.

Watch the video below to see the striking footage of the incident for yourself:

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(Article by Tasha Sharifa)

One thought on “Police Taser Their Own Black Race Relations Adviser

  1. A horrible experience for Judah Adunbi. I hope it opens more eyes to overt racism in the justice system, beginning on the front lines – hometown streets.

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