Body-worn video shows moment Edwin Afriyie is shot with Taser

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Body-worn police camera footage shows the moment a black social worker was shot with a Taser and allegedly knocked unconscious during a roadside stop.

Afriyie was charged with failure to provide a sample for analysis. But when the prosecution was ordered by magistrates to provide body-worn camera footage it dropped the case.

The social worker is suing the force for assault/battery and misfeasance in public office, claiming that he was unlawfully handcuffed and shot. City of London police deny liability, saying its use of force was ‘necessary and reasonable’.

Medical evidence suggests Afriyie was briefly knocked unconscious, sustained a head injury and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress. He said the incident left him suicidal. City of London police say Afriyie did not lose consciousness

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