West Midlands police have launched an investigation after one of their officers was filmed telling a black man that he would be "the first one I'd shoot" if he had a gun, after asking the man if he was "going to go all Black Lives Matter on us?".
The officer has been removed from frontline duties while the investigation takes place, and the case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The video shows four officers reportedly making inquiries at a house in Coventry. One officer asks the man filming the video: "Why didn't you answer the door then?" He replies: "Because I was fucking half-asleep." The officer points out he was awake enough to close his window.
The man replies: "I didn't know who you was, you could have been climbing up the window like thieves."
Another officer points out that the officers were shouting, "Police, open the door," at which point the man says, "Police? That's even worse – I've seen all kinds of videos, I have."
Then an officer says: "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 Coventry Telegraph named the man as Jack Chambers, 24. Chambers wrote on his Facebook page yesterday: "As if I'm taking West Midlands police to court."
Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray said in a statement: "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."
Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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