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British police mistakenly Taser their own race relations adviser

January 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
British police mistakenly Taser their own race relations adviser

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Two officers in Bristol, England were caught on video shooting a Taser at a man who worked to ease relationships between the black community and law enforcement after they confused him for a wanted criminal.

Judah Adunbi, 63, was approached by police while he was walking his dog near his residence in the Easton area, according to the Daily Mail.

Video recorded by a neighbor show the officers asking Adunbi to identify himself, which he declines. The cops repeatedly ask the man his name and explain that they believe he’s a wanted criminal.

“I’ve done no wrong,” he said to them. “Leave me alone.”

The 63-year-old seen here with his dog Hazel and (right) at a community event, helped set up an advisory group to help police with race relations

When Adunbi tried to get through the gates and back into his home, the police officers are seen wrestling with him before then stunned him in the face with the Taser.

The force was enough to knock him to the ground. Adunbi said he believed he was going to die.

“I heard this sound and felt something hit me below the lip,” he said. “I collapsed to the ground. I was paralyzed. I couldn’t speak or move and didn’t have strength. She told me to get up. I knew if she fired again, it would have killed me.”

He added he was embarrassed by the officers and the way they handled themselves.

“You don’t accuse someone of being someone. You ask questions. The first thing they should have done is come in a polite manner. The way they approached me — they were accusing me. That is wrong,” the victim told the Guardian in an interview.

Adunbi is one of the founders of the Independent Advisory Group set up by the police

Adunbi is on Bristol’s independent advisory group which intends to connect law enforcement and the community and has also worked with Crown Prosecution Service’s community involvement committee.

The dispute, which was also recorded on the officers’ body cameras, has been sent to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for investigation.

“We work hard to work positively with all communities, and I see no reason why that should change,” Jon Reilly, head of Avon and Somerset police, stated. “Although we don’t have to refer an incident in which a Taser has been discharged to the IPCC, we want to be open and transparent.

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