Police officer keeps job after telling black man 'You'd be the first one I'd shoot'
A police officer filmed telling a black man ‘You would be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun’ has been allowed to keep his job.
The unnamed officer was captured in mobile phone footage also asking Jack Chambers: ‘Are you going to go all Black Lives Matter on us?’
The PC had been searching a flat in Coventry on August 24 last year when the remarks were made to the 25-year-old, who had been visiting the property. Dad-of-two Jack complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which launched an investigation.
Today, the IPCC confirmed the police constable, who was removed from duty at the time, has now received a final written warning.
The footage starts by showing officers inside a house talking to Jack as he sits on the sofa explaining why he didn’t open the door to them. Jack says: ‘I thought you were going to attack me… I’ve been seeing all kinds of videos.’
One officer asks him: ‘Are you going to go all Black Lives Matters on us are you?’ Jack replies: ‘Yeah.’
The officer is then heard saying: ‘You would be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun, definitely’ to which Jack replies, ‘Oh f**king hell.’
An IPCC spokesperson said: ‘We found that the police constable who made the remarks had a case to answer for misconduct and the force agreed.
‘At a misconduct meeting held by West Midlands Police on June 8 the case was proven and the officer given a final written warning.
‘The officer told our investigator that he regretted making the comments and, while he accepted they had been unprofessional and clumsy, he had not meant them to be racist, offensive or threatening.
Culled from Metro