Black people are three times more likely to be tasered by police than their white counterparts, according to Home Office data. More than 12% of cases involved a person described as of African-Caribbean origin, despite only 4% of the UK's population being black.
Leroy Logan worked with the Metropolitian Police Service for 30 years and says this is "obviously" an example of racism within the force. The ex-Superintendent joined London Live's Reya El-Salahi via video link and began by giving his thoughts on whether the Police Federation's decision for all uniformed officers to be issued with Tasers was a mistake.
In response the National Police Chief's council lead on Taser, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said:
“Every use of Taser is reported and scrutinised by a supervisor and officers are personally accountable to the law each time their Taser is drawn. Officer’s receive specialist training that helps them to determine the best course of action in resolving a violent or potentially violent situation. Taser is one of many tactical options a police officer can use. In 80 per cent of Taser uses in the UK, the mere presence of the device is enough to resolve the violent or potentially violent situation without any force being used.”