No watchdog investigation after police Tasered rapper Wretch 32’s father
The police watchdog will not investigate an incident where the father of rapper Wretch 32 was Tasered.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House told London Assembly members on Wednesday the matter has been passed back to the force to deal with itself.
He told the Police and Crime Committee: “We had a letter back from the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct) yesterday afternoon which says: ‘The IOPC has decided this matter should be returned to you, the Metropolitan Police, to be dealt with in a reasonable and proportionate matter.
This is how the police think they can treat a 62 year old black man in Tottenham but this 1 happens to be my dad #Nojusticenopeace pic.twitter.com/17bGizKwem
— Rapthology (@Wretch32) June 9, 2020
“‘This is because based on the information provided we did not feel independent oversight or a direction for local investigation was required at this stage.’”
Footage posted online in June showed 62-year-old Millard Scott tumbling downstairs at his north London home after an officer was heard to warn: “Police officer with a Taser. Stay where you are.”
Musician Wretch 32, whose real name is Jermaine Scott, shared the video on Twitter.
The Metropolitan Police reviewed the incident at the time and said it had found no misconduct, but the IOPC called the matter in to make its own assessment.
Referring to media reports that Mr Scott may have been hurt, an IOPC spokesman said: “Since the incident took place, and after approaching the individual’s solicitors, we have not received a public complaint or confirmation the man involved sustained a serious injury.
“As a result we have returned the matter to the MPS to decide what, if any, further steps to take.”