EXCESSIVE FORCE: Tasers
IT'S BEEN revealed that black and mixed-race people in London have been on the receiving end of more than 40% of police Taser use since 2014, despite accounting for less than one in six of the capital’s residents.
According to The Guardian figures obtained by a freedom of information (FoI) request show police are disproportionately targeting people of black or mixed white and black ethnicity with the electric stun guns, raising even more concern over racism in the force.
Between January 2014 and September 2016, 1,530 of a total of 3,815 cases – 40.1% – where police drew, aimed or fired Tasers involved people of black or mixed white and black ethnicities.
According to the 2011 census, people from those groups comprise 15.6% of London’s population.
These figures, which come before the expected rollout of a new, more powerful model of Taser gun, also reveal that overall Taser use by the Metropolitan police increased in 2015 and was due for another increase in 2016, based on figures for the first nine months of the year.
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