Cop who told black man in Coventry 'You'd be the first one I shoot' is 'removed from frontline' - The Coventry Observer

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Cop who told black man in Coventry 'You'd be the first one I shoot' is 'removed from frontline'

Maisie Jeynes 13th Sep, 2017

A WEST MIDLANDS police officer has been removed from frontline duties after being filmed in Coventry making racist comments.

In the footage filmed in a Coventry home, the unnamed officer can be heard saying “You’d be the first one I shoot” to a black man.

The officer then goes on to ask the man, who has been identified as local man Jack Chambers: “You’re going to go Black Lives Matter on us, are you?”

The video, which was posted to Facebook, shows three police officers inside a home in Coventry on August 24, talking to Jack, who is filming the exchange.

Officers from West Midlands Police’s Professional Standards Department are investigating the incident following an official complaint.

The case has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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

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

“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.”

Campaign group Justice Or Else UK, which shared the footage, has described the incident as ‘disgusting’ and are demanding answers from the force.

The video has been viewed more than 5,000 times on the social media site.

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