Rapper Wretch 32 posts video of police tasering his father during raid on Tottenham home | UK News


Rapper Wretch 32 has shared a video of his 62-year-old father being tasered by police at his home in north London.

The footage shows Millard Scott tumbling downstairs after an officer is heard to warn: “Police officer with a Taser. Stay where you are.”

As officers ask if he is OK and tell him to keep still, a distressed woman can be heard saying: “They’ve tasered him.”

Speaking to ITV News, Mr Scott said he believed he would not have been Tasered if he were white.

“I’m lucky to be alive,” he said.

“The only people who have invaded our space are the Metropolitan Police. The only people who seem to ignore the guidelines put out there are the Metropolitan Police.

“It seems at this moment in time we are being singled out and targeted.”

His 35-year-old son, rapper Wretch 32, whose real name is Jermaine Scott, told the broadcaster there has been “no progression” since he grew up watching his father and uncle “fight against police brutality”.

He shared the 36-second clip on his Twitter account and wrote: “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.”

At the start of the clip officers can be seen entering the front door of the house as a woman tells them: “I’m not resisting, don’t touch me, social distancing, please don’t touch me.”

The Met said officers went to the property as part of “a long-running operation to tackle drugs supply linked to serious violence”.

A statement said: “As officers entered the premises, a man came downstairs and started moving towards an officer suddenly.

“He was ordered to remain where he was but continued towards officers who, after several warnings, deployed a Taser.

“The man was not arrested, but was assessed by the London Ambulance Service at the scene. He did not require further medical treatment.

“The incident, including body worn footage, has been reviewed by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards and no indication of misconduct has been identified.”

Police said a 22-year-old man found in the house was arrested and charged with encouraging another to commit an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007, while a 52-year-old woman was charged with obstructing police after being interviewed under caution at a later date.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan called for an investigation by the police watchdog.

“I have asked the Metropolitan Police for an urgent explanation of this distressing incident which is understandably causing considerable concern,” he said.

Coronavirus: Labour accuses government of covering up recommendations to protect BAME people from COVID-19 | UK News


Labour’s shadow health secretary has accused the government of “covering up vital recommendations” that could help protect black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people from COVID-19.

Jonathan Ashworth’s criticisms come after Whitehall sources told Sky News the recommendations from a Public Health England (PHE) review were “held back” by the government, adding “ministers have had this element of the report”.

On Tuesday, the government issued the data element of the long awaited review, led by PHE national director for health and wellbeing Professor Kevin Fenton, following suggestions from sources it was set to be delayed because of the Black Lives Matter movement.

British Pakistani nurse Areema Nasreen had worked as a hospital cleaner for 15 years before becoming a medic
Image: British Pakistani nurse Areema Nasreen was one of the first medics to die with COVID-19

Data collected by PHE was published – but a “qualitative assessment”, including the recommendations for the government, was not.

The published review found people from BAME groups were up to twice as likely to die with COVID-19 than those from a white British background, but there were no recommendations on actions that could be taken to protect BAME lives.

Sources say the second half of the report contains work which looks at “social inequality” and “structural racism” within the UK and has information from 4,000 stakeholders and organisations.

Mr Ashworth told Sky News: “We know BAME people are more likely to die from COVID and more likely to fall seriously ill with COVID. This report needs to be published in full.

“Covering up vital recommendations is completely unacceptable. Action must be taken to protect those disproportionately at risk from this horrific virus.”

PHE did not deny that a “qualitative assessment” with recommendations for the government was issued as part of the findings.

Labour's Jonathan Ashworth says that ignoring coronavirus awareness advice is idiotic
Image: Labour’s Jonathan Ashworth says the government has failed to publish recommendations to protect BAME people

It said: “Professor Fenton led PHE’s work on COVID-19 and BAME communities, engaging with a significant number of individuals and organisations within the BAME community over the past couple of months, to hear their views, concerns and ideas about the impact of the virus on their communities.”

However, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesman denied that only part of the report had been published.

“On Tuesday PHE published the rapid data review. The report was published in full,” they said.

“The valuable insight that Professor Fenton and PHE colleagues gathered will inform the important work that equalities minister Kemi Badenoch will now take forward.”

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The equalities minister admitted in the Commons on Thursday there were “gaps” in the report.

“The report is welcomed, but it hasn’t gone far enough and we will take it where it needs to get to,” Ms Badenoch said.

Responding to questions from MPs, she added: “There was more I was hoping to see from this review.”

But, she said PHE could not collect data for morbidities, occupation and underlying health conditions so could not make recommendations.

Coronavirus: Speeders put lives at risk on lockdown’s empty roads | UK News


Reckless drivers have been taking advantage of quiet roads during lockdown to drive at “truly shocking” speeds, according to police data obtained by the RAC.

It revealed that two-thirds of Britain’s police forces had caught people driving at more than 100mph in the first three weeks of lockdown.

The Metropolitan Police recorded one driver doing 163mph, while another was clocked at 151mph on the M62 motorway in West Yorkshire, 81mph over the limit.

Five other forces detected motorists driving at more than 130mph – Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Gwent, Staffordshire, and Kent.

RAC road safety spokesman Simon Williams described the speeds as “truly shocking” and warned that motorists travelling this fast have “virtually no time to react should anything unexpected happen”.

He went on: “Some drivers have taken advantage of quieter roads to speed excessively, putting the lives of others at risk at the worst possible time.

“It’s encouraging that so many police forces have taken firm action even during the lockdown, which sends a strong message to other would-be offenders.”

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, who leads the Metropolitan Police’s work on investigating fatal and serious road collisions, told Sky News: “Since lockdown speeding enforcement by roads policing officers in London is up 119% and extreme speeding enforcement is up 181% when comparing the same period in 2019.

“This includes 345 offences of 100mph or more with the highest being 163mph.

“Though of particular concern are speeds in ‘urban roads’ where we know more vulnerable road users are walking or cycling; we have experienced 110mph in a 30 and 73mph in a 20 road limit.

Department for Transport figures show that road traffic was around two-thirds lower than normal for the first few weeks after the lockdown was introduced on 23 March, when people were urged to stay at home and avoid non-essential travel.

The RAC sent freedom of information requests to all forces in Britain. Twenty out of the 30 forces to provide data recorded speeds in excess of 100mph.

Across Britain there were 17,363 speeding offences recorded on roads with 30mph limits in the three weeks from 23 March.

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