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Published: Mon, January 23, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Statement following taser incident in Bristol


The incident was captured on video by a neighbour.

Video footage filmed on Saturday in Bristol shows Judah Adunbi, 63, being confronted by the officers and being asked to identify himself, The Guardian reports.

Mr Adunbi, who revealed he was singled out in another case of mistaken identity a decade ago, said last night: "The first time round it could have been an accident - but a second time, that's a racist attack".

Mr Adunbi doesn't say his name, but instead tells the police officers: "I've done no wrong". "I've done no wrong", he tells them.

He does make an effort to show he's not a threat. Because of the way I fell back. Still, the confrontation intensifies. "The first thing they should have done is come to me in a polite manner".

"I felt that was it because of the way I fell back".

His entreaties are not enough.

A neighbor who witnessed the incident was shouting at the officers and tried to tell them that the old grandfather was just trying to go home. A struggle ensues, and an officer pulls out a black and yellow stun gun.

A prong strikes Adunbi just below the chin, sending 50,000 volts through his body. Mr Adunbi falls backwards on to the road. "You've been Tasered. OK?"

He added he was humiliated by the officers and the way they handled the situation.

An IPCC spokesman said: "We are independently investigating a complaint about an incident in Easton on 14 January where a man was Tasered".

Adunbi has sat on Bristol's independent advisory group, which is created to forge links between the police and the community, and has also worked with the Crown Prosecution Service's local community involvement panel.

IAG members are volunteers from various backgrounds.

Mr Adunbi, one of the founders of the Independent Advisory Group set up by police with the black community in Bristol, is seen falling to the ground after being Tasered.

Adunbi was originally charged with assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty and using threatening or abusing behavior or disorderly behavior likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. The charges have been dropped.

"We would like to reassure the community that we will conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of this incident and whether the use of Taser by officers was appropriate in these circumstances", said IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts.

Chief Supt Jon Reilly said: "I've met with Mr Abunbi and we had a constructive conversation".

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