Bristol police officers tasered their own force’s black Race Relations Advisor in the face.
63-year-old Judah Adunbi, is a grandfather who works to smooth relations between police and the black community. He was tasered after being approached by a female and male officer outside his home.
Embarrassed police chiefs have admitted that the local community in Easton, Bristol would “have concerns” about the incident.
The astonishing confrontation was caught on video of a man who can be heard speaking to the police officers. “He’s got keys in his pocket; he’s trying to get into his house. Don’t take that as a ******* threat. He is one of my neighbours. I see him everyday walking his dog. He is a lovely guy”, the man recording the incident says.
Adunbi was hit with the taser after refusing to give his name to the two officers.
The footage shows him trying to enter his home, when approached by the officers and asked for his name.
Adunbi replies: “I’m not telling you my name. I’ve done no wrong”.
The police then shout “Taser” and shoot the electric gun at his face. The officer fired the gun, despite a neighbour shouting that Adunbi was simply trying to get into his home.
‘I thought that was it’
Adunbi said he thought he was going to die when he was hit by the taser.
“I felt that was it because of the way I fell back,” he said.
“The way I fell backward on the back of my head. I was just paralysed”. He added that “I thought that was it. I thought they were taking my life.
“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”.
He added that he found the situation especially hard. This is because he has dedicated years trying to help ease the tensions between the black community and the police.
He said: “It’s a little distasteful in my mouth.
“To know that I’m one of the founding members of the Independent Advisory Group, which was created some years ago in order to improve better relationship between the AfroCaribbean community and the constabulary, and to be treated like this it’s difficult”.
Reacting to the footage, Benjamin Zephania tweeted: “In tears today. It happens to our youth, it happens to our elders. What do we have to do to be treated with respect”.
Both officers involved remain at work. The force has said they have voluntarily referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Chief Supt Jon Reilly said: “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”.
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