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Police Taser their own black relations advisor, believed to be wanted man after refusing to give his details

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Police officers have tasered their own black race relations advisor in the face after he was mistaken for a wanted man.

Judah Adunbi aged 63 who works to smooth over relations between the police and black community was tasered.

Officer remain claim during the video, the officers explain to the Adunbi during the video that they believed he was a wanted man naming the person they believed he was.

They asked him for his details which he refused to give, He began shouting at the officers and they asked him to remain claim as they would have to arrest him.

During the video he does not comply with the officers and attempts to enter his house to avoid arrest at this point officers use Taser to arrest what they believe is a wanted man. At no point during the video did Adunbi attempt to correct the officers and say he was Judah Adunbi and was employed by the police as a race relations advisor.

Officers ask for his name and he refused and he attempted to enter his house. Moments later officers shout ‘Taser’ and fire a taser round which hits his face.

Adunbi is one of the founding members of the Independent Advisory Group set up by the police within the BME community within Bristol.

When asked for his name by police officers he replies: “I’m not telling you my name. I’ve done no wrong.”

Officers then follow him to his gate and taser him to the ground.

Adunbi has said “At first you don’t accuse someone of being someone else. You ask questions.

“The first thing they should have done is come to me in a polite manner. The way they approached me – they were accusing me. That is wrong.

“I felt that was it because of the way I fell back. The way I fell backwards on the back of my head. I was just paralysed. I thought that was it. I thought they were taking my life.”

Chief Supt Jon Reilly said: “After reviewing what happened, we voluntarily referred a complaint about this incident to the IPCC.

“Although we don’t have to refer an incident in which a taser has been discharged to the IPCC, we want to be as open and transparent as possible.

“I’ve met with Mr Adunbi and we had a constructive conversation. We’re aware of concerns within the local community and we take these concerns very seriously.

“I understand the community are going to have concerns. And we’d really like to answer those, but as there’s an ongoing investigation that’s very difficult for us to do.

“I want to reassure the community the whole incident was captured on body-worn camera. Both officers were wearing it. And we’re determined to understand what happened.

“We work really hard to work positively with all communities and I see no reason why that should change.”

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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