BMH UK National Taser Survey for black Britain

Friday, 03 March 2017


Canvas the views of black Britain

BMH_UK_Ntls_Taser_Survey_-_Britains_African_Caribbean_comunitiesBlack Mental Health UK (BMH UK) is conducting this national survey on Taser and are inviting repsonses from black people from Britain's African Caribbean communities as we belive it is important to canvass their views on this issue.

BMH UK is the only organisation that has lobbied government on the disproptunate use of Taser firearms against black people from the UK's African Caribbean communities and those who use mental health services.

The Home Secretary has authroised the use of a new more powerful Taser gun by police forces in England and Wales; black people of African descent will be one of the groups most affected by this change.

British Policing is based on the principles of policing by consent with the support of the public and the communities they serve.

The UK's African Caribbean communities have historically been over policed and under protected, particularly when it comes to Taser.

There is also a disproportionate use of this weapon against those known by officers to be living with a diagnosis of mental illness.


Over policed and under protected

BMH UK  launched a campaign last year calling for an outright ban on the illicit use of Taser firearms against patients detained in locked psychiatric wards, you can add you support by clicking here.  

This new national survey on Taser builds on BMH UK Taser campaign work and comes at a time when new more poweful version of this weapon will be on our streets.

   BMH_UK_ban_taser_bantaser'It is disturbing to note that in 2017 Black Britain continues to be over policed and under protected and that people from this community account for some of the largest numbers of people who are subject to Taser firearms,' Matilda MacAttram, director of Black Mental Health UK said.

'Black people of African descent will be the group most affected by the Home Secretary's decision to authorise the new more powerful Taser Gun, and we view this as a retrograde step that will increase disaffection of the police among Britain's black communities.

BMH UK's National Taser Survey offers  the opportunity for people from the UK's African Caribbean Communities to give their views on this weapon, and this will be used to inform our work in this area,' she added. 

We estimate that it will take from 15 to 20 minutes to complete this questionnaire. If you have any comments regarding these estimates or any other aspect of this survey email them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We will use your feedback to inform and improve our work in this area.

All data from this survey will be stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act and care will be taken to ensure that when results are reported individuals cannot be identified

This survey is running up until the 30th November 2017.



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