Sadiq Khan calls for inquiry after rapper Wretch 32's Twitter video of father being Tasered is viewed 500,000 times
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for an investigation after a rapper shared a video of his 62-year-old father apparently being Tasered by police.
The footage shows Wretch 32’s father, Millard Scott, tumbling downstairs at his home in Tottenham after an officer is heard to warn: “Police officer with a Taser. Stay where you are.”
As officers ask if he is okay and tell him to keep still, a distressed woman can be heard saying: “They’ve Tasered him.”
Speaking to ITV News, Mr Scott said he believed he would not have been Tasered if he were white. “I’m lucky to be alive,” he added.
The Met said officers went to the home as part of “a long-running operation to tackle drugs supply linked to serious violence”.
Mr Scott claimed: “It seems at this moment in time we are being singled out and targeted.”
Wretch 32, whose real name is Jermaine Scott, told ITV News there has been “no progression” since he grew up watching his father and uncle “fight against police brutality”.
He shared the 36-second clip on his Twitter account, where it has been viewed 500,000 times.
He wrote: “This is how the police think they can treat a 62-year-old black man in Tottenham.”
At the start of the clip officers can be seen entering the front door as a woman tells them: “I’m not resisting, don’t touch me, social distancing, please don’t touch me.”
Mr Khan said: “I have asked the Metropolitan Police for an urgent explanation of this distressing incident. It is imperative that it is properly investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”
A police statement said a man “was ordered to remain where he was but continued towards officers who, after several warnings, deployed a Taser. The man was not arrested... The incident, including body-worn footage, has been reviewed by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and no indication of misconduct has been identified”.
Police said a 22-year-old man at the house was charged with encouraging another to commit an offence under the Serious Crime Act, while a 52-year-old woman was later charged with obstructing police.
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