2018-12-05 18:20:46 UTC
"The Metropolitan police are disproportionately using some of the
potentially deadliest types of force -- stun guns and restraint --
against black people, analysis shows.
"Figures analysed as part of the Guardians Bias in Britain project
show the Met Tasered black people more than four times as often as
white people, and used restraint four times as often. The findings are
based on the Mets use-of-force data from April to September this year
and London population estimates.
"The Met used a Taser 3,167 times in the period, and ground or limb
restraints 10,657 times. Analysis shows that 13 in every 10,000 black
Londoners were Tasered, compared with three in every 10,000 white
Londoners. Restraint was used on 39 in every 10,000 black people in
the population and 10 in every 10,000 white people.
"Black people accounted for 29% of all London arrests in 2016-17, the
last period for which statistics are available, and 40% of all those
Tasered in April-September this year.
"Black people make up 19% of the population of London but were
involved in 40% of incidents where the Met used a stun gun this year"
What is the reason for this disproportionality?