This is incredibly distressing and raises many questions. It’s also why serious questions need to be asked about the mass roll out of tasers on our streets. These weapons put people’s rights and lives at risk.
Would the police of reacted in the same manner if the gentleman was white?
Would the police refer the incident to the IOPC if it wasnt caught on a citizens camera ?
Manchester police refer Taser incident of man with child to IOPC
Greater Manchester police have said they are investigating an incident in which a man was Tasered by officers in front of his young child, after a video circulated on social media.
A video of the incident, which happened at a petrol station in Stretford at approximately 11pm on Wednesday, shows Desmond Ziggy Mombeyarara, 34, being confronted by two GMP officers while carrying the boy.
Shortly after he puts the child, who can be heard screaming “Daddy” throughout the footage, on the ground, the man is Tasered by one of the policemen.
He is then repeatedly shouted at to put his hands behind his back by the officer, while still incapacitated on the floor, and in the view of the young child.
The force have since confirmed that Mombeyarara was stopped by police after allegedly driving over the speed limit.
He has since been charged with two counts of resisting a constable in the course of their duty, as well as single counts of driving at excess speed, not having vehicle insurance, being unfit to drive through drink and failing without reasonable excuse to cooperate with a preliminary test.
He was also charged with failing to stop when required to do so by police, and unnecessary travel.
GMP said they had referred the deployment of the Taser to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as well as to their own professional standards branch.
Supt Mark Kenny said: “We are aware of public concern regarding this arrest and I want to reassure the public that this matter is being reviewed and treated seriously. In addition we have voluntarily referred this matter to the IOPC.”
Dionne Allman, 19, who lives across the road from the Salford service station on Chester Road and filmed the incident, said she had heard shouting outside at about 11pm on Wednesday.
“A lot of disturbances happen at that petrol station and it’s something that I usually ignore, but I heard the kid screaming and that’s when I started to pay attention,” she said, adding that the boy looked to be about two or three years old.
She said she had heard “a lot of back and forth between him and the police” but could not work out what was being said, although she described the officers as being “aggressive and threatening”.
She said: “For most of it it just seemed like they were trying to detain him but there was no sort of progression with it, there was no trying to deescalate the situation.”
She added: “I was in complete shock. You don’t really believe that something like that could happen, especially in the UK. My immediate thought was, ‘Oh my God, that child just had to watch that,’” she added.
When the footage went viral, the public called for the incident to be addressed and Greater Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, said he had asked for an “urgent and independent” review into the events.
“From what I have been told, it would appear that the officers were right to apprehend the individual who was putting his child and others at risk by his actions,” he said in a statement.
“But it is not at all clear that the level of force used in this instance, particularly in front of a child, was proportionate or justified and that is why I have asked for an urgent and independent review to be carried out.”
Clare Collier, Liberty’s advocacy director, said: “This video is incredibly distressing and raises many questions. Tasers put people’s lives at risk, which is why the mass rollout of these weapons on our streets is dangerous and must be stopped. The growing use of Tasers will exacerbate the overpolicing of minority and marginalised communities, particularly people of colour, as well as those experiencing mental health issues.”