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Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrate at petrol station where police Tasered father

Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrate at petrol station where police Tasered father in front of his terrified child

  • Group of up to 15 people gathered at the petrol station in Stretford, Manchester
  • Clip showed a scrap between police and Desmond Mombeyarara on Wednesday
  • The man is seen standing next to marked police car and puts down his crying son
  • Moments later he falls to the ground after a Taser is fired by one of the policemen
  • Greater Manchester Police later revealed it had referred the matter to the IOPC
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Anti-racism campaigners have staged a protest over police use of a Taser on a man in front of his distressed child.

A group of up to 15 people observed Covid-19 social distancing rules as they gathered at a petrol station forecourt in Stretford, Manchester, where the incident took place.

Mobile phone footage widely shared on social media showed an altercation on Wednesday at 11pm between Desmond Mombeyarara and two white police officers.

A group of up to 15 people observed Covid-19 social distancing rules as they gathered at a petrol station forecourt in Stretford, Manchester, where the incident took place on

Mobile phone footage widely shared on social media showed an altercation on Wednesday at 11pm between a black man and two white police officers

Mobile phone footage widely shared on social media showed an altercation on Wednesday at 11pm between a black man and two white police officers

Greater Manchester Police has voluntarily referred the matter to the Independence Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). Pictured: The protesters today

Pictured: The protesters today

Greater Manchester Police has voluntarily referred the matter to the Independence Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). Pictured: The protesters today

Mombeyarara is seen standing next to a marked police car and puts down his crying son before moments later he falls to the ground as a Taser is fired by one of the officers.

Man could be ‘partially paralysed’ after police Taser him in London

Police Tasered a black man who is in his 20s in a separate incident in London on Monday.

The man was chased through Haringey after fleeing officers.

He was shot by the stun gun as he hurdled a wall, which saw him fall and suffer serious back injuries.

His family have claimed these could leave him partially paralysed. The suspect was nicked for having cannabis on him.

His family contacted the IOPC, which has launched an investigation.

The boy then becomes hysterical and screams ‘daddy’.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham questioned whether the Taser use was ‘proportionate or justified’ and has demanded an urgent review.

Greater Manchester Police has voluntarily referred the matter to the Independence Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Among the protesters at the event staged by Stand Up to Racism on Saturday were Paul Davidson, a minister at the Church of God of Prophecy.

He said: ‘I am here because this news has outraged black people nationally. We are obviously keen to find out what the details are and whether there are other circumstances we haven’t learned from the immediate clip.

‘But if the immediate clip is anything to go by then people have questions to answer and we should expect answers as a community.

‘This sort of behaviour should not be expected by anyone in a civilised society.’ 

Demonstrators at the forecourt on Saturday hold Black Lives Matters' signs reading 'no justice, no police'

Demonstrators at the forecourt on Saturday hold Black Lives Matters’ signs reading ‘no justice, no police’

Among the protesters at the event staged by Stand Up to Racism on Saturday were Paul Davidson, a minister at the Church of God of Prophecy

Among the protesters at the event staged by Stand Up to Racism on Saturday were Paul Davidson, a minister at the Church of God of Prophecy

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham questioned whether the Taser use was 'proportionate or justified' and has demanded an urgent review. Pictured: The protesters today

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham questioned whether the Taser use was ‘proportionate or justified’ and has demanded an urgent review. Pictured: The protesters today

The man who was tasered, Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarara, 34, appeared before magistrates on Friday where he admitted a number of offences including speeding, drink driving, failing to stop and unnecessary travel. He denied two counts of resisting a constable in the execution of their duty and the case was adjourned to a later date. Pictured: Protesters today

The man who was tasered, Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarara, 34, appeared before magistrates on Friday where he admitted a number of offences including speeding, drink driving, failing to stop and unnecessary travel. He denied two counts of resisting a constable in the execution of their duty and the case was adjourned to a later date. Pictured: Protesters today

In an interview with the Times, Mombeyara said he did not believe such a 'magnitude of force' was warranted. Pictured: Protesters holding up signs today

In an interview with the Times, Mombeyara said he did not believe such a ‘magnitude of force’ was warranted. Pictured: Protesters holding up signs today

Mombeyarara, 34, appeared before magistrates on Friday where he admitted a number of offences including speeding, drink driving, failing to stop and unnecessary travel.

He denied two counts of resisting a constable in the execution of their duty and the case was adjourned to a later date.

In an interview with the Times, Mombeyara said he did not believe such a ‘magnitude of force’ was warranted.

He said his son was still in shock and thought that police had shot him.

He told the newspaper: ‘I was saying to the officers, ”Let us calm the situation for the little one because the little one doesn’t feel comfortable”. But they were making out like I was using him as a human shield.’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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