BRISTOL, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 14, 2017) (SWNS) – Britain’s police watchdog is to hold an investigation after officers were filmed firing a stun-gun at their own local black race relations adviser who they apparently mistook for a wanted suspect, the force involved said on Friday (January 20).
Judah Adunbi, 63, who is a founder member of an Independent Advisory Group (IAG) which works with Avon and Somerset Police in western England, UK, to improve relations with the local black community, was shot with the high-voltage Taser gun last Saturday (January 14) outside his home in Bristol.
A neighbour’s video of the incident showed two officers speaking to Adunbi, saying they believed he was someone who is wanted.
He refused to give his name saying “I’ve done no wrong” and later, after a brief scuffle, one officer shot him with a stun gun.
Adunbi later told ITV News he thought the police were taking his life.
Avon and Somerset Police said they had referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Chief Superintendent Jon Reilly said he had met with Adunbi and would take the concerns of the local community seriously.
On its website, Avon and Somerset Police say “IAGs have a vital role in helping us build trust, confidence and better relationships, especially with our diverse communities”.