Rapper Wretch 32 Posts Video Of London Police Tasering His Father
Rapper Wretch 32 has shared a video of his father, Millard Scott, being Tasered by police at his home in Tottenham, north London.
The artist posted the footage on Twitter on Tuesday, accompanied with the caption: “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.”
Speaking to ITV News, Scott said he believed he would not have had the same treatment had he been white.
The Metropolitan Police said a review found “no indication of misconduct”.
The video, which has been viewed more than a million times, shows police officers entering the front door of a house as a women tells them: “I’m not resisting, don’t touch me, social distancing, please don’t touch me.”
The footage shows Scott falling down a flight of stairs after after an officer is recorded saying: “Police officer with a Taser. Stay where you are.”
As officers ask if he is OK and tell Scott to keep still, a distressed woman can be heard saying: “They’ve Tasered him.”
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
“I’m lucky to be alive,” Scott told the broadcaster.
“The only people who have invaded our space are the Metropolitan Police. The only people who seem to ignore the guidelines put out there are the Metropolitan Police.
“It seems at this moment in time we are being singled out and targeted.”
His son, Wretch 32, said there has been “no progression” on police brutality.
The artist, whose real name is Jermaine Scott, said he now warns his own children to be wary of the police.
“I’ve grown up in a household with a dad and uncle and I’ve watched them fight against police brutality,” he said.
“I’m 35 now and I have to have the same conversation with my children that my father and grandfather had with me. That means there’s no progression.”
The Met said officers went into the property as part of “a long-running operation to tackle drugs supply linked to serious violence”.
They said a 22-year-old man found in the house was arrested and charged with encouraging another to commit an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007, while a 52-year-old woman was charged with obstructing police after being interviewed under caution at a later date.
A statement said: “As officers entered the premises, a man came downstairs and started moving towards an officer suddenly.
“He was ordered to remain where he was but continued towards officers who, after several warnings, deployed a Taser.
“The man was not arrested, but was assessed by the London Ambulance Service at the scene. He did not require further medical treatment.
“Officers from the North Area Command Unit have liaised with the family to discuss any concerns they have about the incident.
“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.”
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called for an urgent investigation by the police watchdog, the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
“I have asked the Metropolitan Police for an urgent explanation of this distressing incident which is understandably causing considerable concern,” he said.
“It is imperative that the incident is properly investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
“It is absolutely vital that our police service retains the trust of the communities it serves.”
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