Disproportionate use of tasers against BAME children

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 5th June 2019.

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Photo of Siân Berry Siân Berry Green

The Children’s Rights Alliance for England report, The State of Children’s Rights in 2018, published in March 2019, reported that tasers were used disproportionately against children from BAME backgrounds, with BAME children accounting for 68 per cent of tasers used against children by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), compared with 51 per cent in England. Do you share my concerns about this finding and what actions will you take to address this disproportionate use?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

All use of force must be proportionate, since the introduction of a new reporting system, all use of force data is subject to scrutiny across the Met. This data is published by the Met and by the Home Office. In addition, the Deputy Mayor oversees the data concerning the use of force, holding the Met to account, and in particular examining issues such as disproportionality and use of force against children. It remains the case that when an officer uses force they must individually account for its use, recording the circumstances. The introduction of body worn video has further enhanced the Met’s ability to scrutinise instances where force has been used.