Wretch 32 shares footage of his father being tasered by police

"This is how the police think they can treat a 62 year old black man in Tottenham..."

Wretch 32 has shared footage of his father being tasered by the police.

The London rapper, whose real name is Jermaine Scott Sinclair, posted the video to his Twitter account earlier this evening (June 9), in a bid to highlight police brutality against black men in his area.

“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,” he wrote as the caption to the video.

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“Social distancing, please don’t touch me,” a woman says at the start of the clip before an officer enters the property with a taser. A man then falls down the stairs, having been targeted with the device off-camera.

“Oh my God. They’ve tasered him,” a woman screams.

“…I’ve watched [my family] fight against police brutality my whole life,” Wretch told the ITV News at 10 of the incident, which occurred back in April.

“I’m 35 now, and we’re still here again today. And I now have to have the same conversations that my parents had with me when I was a child.

“That means there is no progression.”

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His father Millard Scott told the programme that he was “lucky to be alive” after being “singled out and targetted” by the Metropolitan Police as they sought to track down a suspect.

“The only people who have invaded our space [are the] Metropolitan Police,” Scott explained. Asked whether this would have happened if he was white, he replied: “No way, no how.”

The Met have denied racism and any wrongdoing on their part, and have disputed Scott’s version of events. You can watch the full ITV interview above.

The video has emerged in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd, who was African-American, was killed last month when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest.

Since Floyd’s death, protests against racial injustice have erupted in the US, the UK and around the world.

Here’s how you can support Black Lives Matter and anti-racist organisations if you can’t protest

 

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