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31 Jul 2020

Police force disproportionately using Tasers against black people, says report

As the debate rages about how black, asian and minority ethnic groups are policed, a new report by Manchester-based group Resistance Lab has revealed the use of Tasers is on the rise in England and Wales.

And in Manchester, where its rate of use has increased more than anywhere else, a black person is almost four times more likely to have the weapon drawn against them than someone who’s white.

The government is working to give more officers access to Tasers, as police say their job is becoming more dangerous.

But these figures have caused alarm among pressure groups, and the black community, who fear their discriminatory use could get worse.

Ben Ferguson has this report which contains some distressing images.