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WATCH: West Midlands Police officer probed after telling man 'you'd be the first one I would shoot'

By Jack Averty | Crime | Published:

A West Midlands Police officer caught on camera mocking Black Lives Matter and telling a black man he 'would be the first one I would shoot if I had a gun' has been pulled off front line duties and placed under investigation.

The video has appeared on social media

The video, which has been posted on social media, appears to show the officer making the comments to Jack Chambers during a search in the region on August 24.

He asks Mr Chambers, who was filming the conversation on his mobile phone, : "“You’re not going all ‘Black Lives Matter’ on us are you?”

He is then heard saying: “You would be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun.”

The officer has since expressed remorse and is 'very apologetic', according to West Midlands Police.

The force received an official complaint about the video and the officer's comments and has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Assistant chief constable Alex Murray said: "What was said was not right and the officer has been removed from front line duties pending further assessment.

“The officer has already expressed remorse and is very apologetic over his comments.

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“We expect the highest standards of behaviour from all our officers and staff, and we will always take complaints from members of the public seriously."

Hudgell Solicitors, specialists in handling cases of police misconduct and breaches of human rights, said Mr Chambers was now considering a civil claim against the force.

Karl Griffin, of Hudgell Solicitors, said: “Mr Chambers has contacted us for advice with regards to potentially making a legal claim as a result of the actions of officers from the force. He has instructed us saying he was made to feel intimidated by comments made to him with regards to race, and use of firearms.

“We welcome the fact that the assistant chief constable has admitted that these comments, which were filmed by Mr Chambers, were not right, and that the actions of the particular officer are now subject to a review by the force’s Professional Standards Department and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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“Police officers have a duty to treat all with the same respect and follow strict guidelines and procedures.

"We will await the findings of the subsequent investigations with regard to this case, and consider possible legal actions with regards to potential breaches of professional standards and the Equalities Act.”

It is thought that the incident was filmed in Coventry.

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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