The Daily Telegraph

Police ‘more likely to use stun guns on black teenagers’

- By Sam Meadows

BLACK, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) children were almost three times more likely than white children to have a stun gun used on them by police, it has emerged.

According to figures obtained by The Guardian, stun gun use by officers against 11- to 17-year-olds is rising.

In 2020, until the end of May, BAME children had an electronic stun gun used on them 295 times compared with 271 for white teenagers, although the data do not cover every police force.

Although figures for previous years showed they were used on white children on more occasions, analysis by The Guardian suggested that 0.08 BAME teenagers per 1,000 had a stun gun drawn on them from 2017 to 2020, compared with 0.03 of their white counterpar­ts.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council said use of a stun gun covered any incident in which they were drawn, and that they were only fired in 15 per cent of cases. Campaigner­s, however, called the figures “disturbing” and said police forces were “dangerousl­y out of step” with UN guidelines.

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