Show Racism the Red Card is shocked to hear of the circumstances surrounding Dalian's premature death
“We are shocked to hear what has happened and that Dalian’s death was as a result of being tasered. We send our deepest condolences to his family at this time and await the police enquiry from the IPCC.”
Ged Grebby, Chief Executive of SRtRC
Police were called out at around 1.30am to Meadow Close, in the Trench area of Telford were Dalian was reportedly tasered up to five times. Dalian then suffered from a cardiac arrest on the way to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3.00am.
Dalian’s death has been referred to police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). The ‘level and type of force used’ will be one of the areas of investigation. West Mercia police are said to be fully assisting the enquiry.
SRtRC spoke to former West Ham player and SRtRC Vice President, Leroy Rosenior this morning who said, “It’s a tragedy that this has happened to Dalian and at such a young age. Our thoughts are with his friends and family as we await the IPCC report into his death.”
Aston Villa Football Club have today announced plans to pay tribute to the former striker by hosting a minute long applause during Tuesday’s Championship match.
The Independent has reported on the harmful nature of Tasers with at least 10 deaths in England and Wales linked to the use of Tasers since 2004. Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb has urged for a investigation into the routine use of 'stun guns' by the police, “There needs to be an urgent and fundamental review on the use of Tasers.”
Home Office statistics, released in 2015, stated that Tasers where three times more likely to be drawn, aimed or fired in incidents involving black people, between 2010 and 2014.
The Guardian reported on stop and search figures published last year from 39 forces, “In Dorset, black people were 17.5 times more likely to be stopped and searched, in Sussex 10.6 times and Norfolk 8.4 times.”
There is also evidence of discriminatory stop and search in the police force, “Of 895,975 S1 (when police have ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect possession of a prohibited item) stops in 2013/2014, only 12 per cent resulted in arrests.” Further statistics show that 67 per cent of those stopped by the Metropolitan Police were Black or Asian people. The full article can be read here and the Government publication here.