originally by: The Guardian
published: 28 March 2013
A racism complaint by an off-duty black firefighter who claims he was abused, assaulted and shot with a stun gun after trying to help police is being reinvestigated, after the police watchdog took the unprecedented step of rejecting a police report on the case.
Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, 29, has accused police of behaving like “wild animals”, dragging him from his car and subjecting him to a violent attack that culminated in him being shot with a Taser.
He had approached the officers in Harrow, north London, to help identify a young man who had hurled a rock at a police van. He has said he was shocked when officers suddenly turned on him, and believes he was targeted because of his skin colour.
The Metropolitan police investigated Kennedy-Macfoy’s complaint internally, with supervision from the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). Its conclusions about the incident, contained in a report compiled by the force’s complaints department, was handed over to the IPCC this month.