Rapper Wretch 32 Shares Video Of His 62-Year-Old Dad Being Tasered By Police
WARNING: CONTAINS DISTRESSING FOOTAGE
Posting the footage on Twitter, the 35-year-old musician - whose real name is Jermaine Scott - wrote: "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."
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
The clip is dated 21 April 2020, but went viral after it was posted yesterday, amassing more than 14,000 retweets and 22,000 likes.
At the start, officers can be seen entering the property as a woman says: "I'm not resisting. Don't touch me - social distancing. Please don't touch me."
She then calls out to Millard, who seconds later is seen tumbling down a staircase, with an officer's voice warning: "Police officer with a Taser. Stay where you are."
Officers tell Scott to keep still and ask if he is okay, while the woman can be heard saying in shock: "They've Tasered him."
In an interview with ITV News, Millard believes he was 'singled out' as a black man, and said he didn't think he would have been Tasered had he been white.
"I'm lucky to be alive," he said.
"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 Jermaine added: "I've grown up in a household with a dad and uncle and I've watched them fight against police brutality.
"I'm 35 now and I have to have the same conversation with my children that my father and grandfather had with me.
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"That means there's no progression."
In a statement, the Met Police confirmed that officers attended an address in north London to 'carry out arrest enquiries as part of a long running operation to tackle drugs supply linked to serious violence in the Borough of Haringey'.
The 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."
Police said a 22-year-old man found in the property was arrested and later charged with encouraging another to commit an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007.
A 52-year-old woman was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of obstructing/resisting a police constable in the execution of duties. She was de-arrested at the scene, but was subsequently charged with the offence after being interviewed by police under caution at a later date.
Commander of the North Area Command Unit, Treena Fleming said: "I can understand why any use of Taser can look alarming - that is why it receives heavy scrutiny - which we welcome.
"Met officers are highly trained to engage, explain and try to resolve situations, using force only when absolutely necessary. We examine our processes regularly to ensure Taser is being used in an appropriate manner.
"This incident has been thoroughly reviewed by our professional standards department and no misconduct has been identified. I continue to talk to the family about their concerns."
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