A British police department launched an investigation Wednesday into an officer who reportedly told a black man that he would shoot him first during a home investigation.
The West Midlands Police Department removed the officer in question from duty after video showed him telling a black citizen, “You’d be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun,” reports BuzzFeed News.
The incident, believed to be filmed Aug. 24, shows four officers arriving at a house to ask a series of questions from its residents. One officer asks a house resident why he didn’t answer the door when police knocked on the door.
“Because I was f*****g half-asleep,” the man says in the video. “I didn’t know who you was, you could have been climbing up the window like thieves.”
When an officer reminds him that the police officers had identified themselves, the man tells them he’s seen too many police videos to trust answering the door.
“You’re going to go all Black Lives Matter on us are you? You’d be the first one I’d shoot if I had a gun, definitely,” the officer said.
“What was said was not right and the officer has been removed from front line duties pending further assessment. The officer has already expressed remorse and is very apologetic over his comments,” Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray said. “We expect the highest standards of behavior from all our officers and staff, and we will always take complaints from members of the public seriously.”
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