20/01/2017 Points West


20/01/2017

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An investigation's been launched after an Avon and Somerset police

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officer tasered one of the force's former race relations

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It was filmed by a neighbour, in what appears to be a case

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Last Saturday in Easton and two police officers confront a man.

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They think, mistakenly, that he's someone they want for questioning.

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One officer's holding a yellow taser weapon.

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But the man refuses to identify himself.

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Ras Adunbi says after the taser incident he was taken to hospital,

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then to a police cell in Patchway before being

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As a former chairman of the Independent Advisory

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Group on race relations he's furious and thinks that police officers have

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When they took over they liked to impose their own rules.

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Neighbours we spoke to also think the use

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From my experience of police in this area, it's been OK

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but I just think it is totally unacceptable.

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Those from black and minority ethnic groups are three

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times more likely to be tasered by police in the UK.

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Such discharges don't have to be refered to the The Independent

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Avon and Somerset Police saying in a statement....

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Bristol's main anti-racism charity is also investigating,

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worried the tasering of such a well known person

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Young people who have had issues with the police will look

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at this and say, this is what I have been telling you.

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This is what can happen just because of the colour of my

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Ras Adunbi says he was mistaken for the same

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Back then receiving compensation for an injured shoulder.

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He said that's why he didn't identify himself this time.

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Well, earlier I spoke to Ruth Pickersgill -

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a councillor for Easton in Bristol where this all happened.

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I asked her if tensions had become raised in the community

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Well, to be honest, everybody is horrified because everybody knows

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Ras Adunbi as a respected member of the community.

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He is very well-known locally and it is not something we

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expect to see on our streets in broad daylight,

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We have seen the footage now most of us on the television and I have

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The main thing for us is, there needs to be

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a verythorough investigation and it needs to be transparent.

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People need to be accountable for what happened.

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The police did not have two review this.

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I think it is right and proper and I'm pleased they are.

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Is there a feeling in Easton that the police can be racist?

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I think that is a really completed question.

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I think on the whole we work really in Easton and Easton is known

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for its good community relations and people get

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The police are very often part of those good community relations.

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I think in any big institution we always

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have to keep reviewing whether

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there is any unconscious bias or anything is going

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I would say that relations are good in Easton on a whole,

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The sort of incident can put back race relations for years if it does

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Do you feel like it's time to look at an

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I think it needs to be only used when it is

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I am about the same age and if I had been coming out of my house

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and I had refused to give my name, I doubt I would have been tasered.

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There's something about the use of the taser but something about

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proportionate responses to particular situations.

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In other news - there have been demonstrations in the West today

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as Donald Trump became the new American president.

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Around 300 people turned out in the centre

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of Bristol this evening to show their disapproval.

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They're concerned about President Trump's views

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including his stance on the environment.

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Princess Anne has officially opened a new building in south

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Gloucestershire for patients recovering from brain injuries.

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The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Frenchay

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needed to expand because more people are now surviving serious

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It has now almost doubled in size to 52 beds.

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Now the crowds have been flocking to Bristol's Colston Hall tonight

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for Gala Night at the Slapstick Festival!

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The five day event celebrates silent, visual and classic comedy -

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and is now in its 13th year as audience numbers

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A host of comedy stars have been busy helping to share the magic.

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We have got a screening of the Freshman, Harold Lloyd.

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Back in 1925, people who know their silent movies

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will know he is one of the big heroes along with Buster Keaton

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Some people might have not seen a silent

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With an orchestra it will be a very, very special atmosphere.

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I'm hosting something but I don't know anything about it.

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If you are interested, the festival is an all weekend. I will wish you a

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good night. We are feel cooler. Can we keep it going

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until the start of the new week? I suspect we can. Unconfirmed about --

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concerned about the fog around. Here is Helen with the national picture.

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Good evening. The weather is upon us. The cloud has made all the

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difference this week in particular. We have had some wonderful weather

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watcher pictures, this is Marlowe in Buckinghamshire, this was Conwy

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earlier in the day. Some areas still have the cloud. What a difference

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that

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