Midlands police officer mocks Black Lives Matter and tells suspect 'you'd be the first person I'd shoot'

Police are investigating the incident (Max Pixel)

Police are investigating the incident (Max Pixel)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A West Midlands police officer has been removed from frontline duties after an extraordinary racially charged tirade was caught on camera.

The officer can be heard mocking Black Lives Matter and threatening to shoot a man, identified by local media as 24-year-old Jack Chambers, during a search of an address in Coventry.

In the footage the officer asks Chambers, who is sitting in front of the camera, "you're going to go Black Lives Matter on us are you?"

He then tells the man "you'd be the first person I'd shoot if I had a gun."

The footage has since emerged on social media and caused outrage. You can watch the video here.

Jack Chambers was the subject of the officer's tirade

West Midlands police has released a statement this morning (September 13), describing the comments as "racial" and confirming the matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray 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.

“We expect the highest standards of behaviour from all our officers and staff, and we will always take complaints from members of the public seriously."