Murdered refugee let down by 'institutional racism' of Avon & Somerset Police and Bristol City Council

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Murdered refugee let down by 'institutional racism' of Avon & Somerset Police and Bristol City Council

Post  Costa on Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:12 pm

I remember this case well. It was an absolute tragedy what this man went through and should never have happened. I watched the videos of him at the police station and the way he was treated there was disgusting by the very people that are supposed to protect us.


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A disabled refugee murdered by a vigilante was "failed" because of "discriminatory behaviour and institutional racism" within Avon & Somerset Police and Bristol City Council, a report has found.

Bijan Ebrahimi, 44, was beaten to death and his body torched in 2013 despite repeatedly reporting that he was being targeted for racist abuse.

Mr Ebrahimi was treated with "contempt" by police officers, while authorities "repeatedly sided with his abusers", according to the Safer Bristol Executive Board.

Many of the Iranian national's 85 calls to the force between 2007 and 2013 were labelled "dishonest" by officers and resulted in little action.

The report found a "collective failure" on the part of both the police and council.

Neighbour Lee James was jailed for life for Mr Ebrahimi's murder in July 2013.

In 2016, a police officer and community support officer were also jailed for their conduct over the case, while two other Pcs were sacked.

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