The generous Tiktoker didn’t know his background when he handed him a £200 cash
By Abdulkareem Haruna
Charlie Harrison, a former Metropolitan Police officer was seen on Tiktok with a popular Tiktoker, @Simonsquibb, who randomly selected him for a street interview on whether he has a business or wants to start one.
Simon Squibb is known for his honest short skits in which he gives cash to his interviewees to help them start the business ideas they discuss with him.
@simonsquibb met the ex-Met officer wandering at a park and he asked him if he has a business idea he wanted to start.
Charles Harrison, who sounded like a changed person from the racist Briton that the court found him to be, said he wanted to start a business that would help ex-convicts to find jobs but he has little or no money or idea of how to go about it. @simonsquibb asked why he was particular about his idea of business and Charlie confessed that he just got out oa 27 months of jail in January for an offence he committed while on duty as a police officer. He said while in prison, he met inmates with talents but would not get decent jobs when they are out of jail.
@simonsquibb felt wowed and as usual, he offered the ex-Met officer 200 pounds to go register a website and announce his business idea and then they would take it up from there.
The Humanitarian Times had monitored the racial profiling cases against Mr Harrison who was charged with brutally assaulting a black Briton Carl Abrahams “‘due to skin colour’ before the attack in front of children, judge rules.”
A detailed report published on
Tue 13 Apr 2021, by The Guardian, reads:- 👇
A police officer jailed for picking on a black father because of his colour and attacking him in front of his children is facing dismissal.
A judge said PC Charlie Harrison, 39, targeted his victim – who was grieving for his dead partner – for a bogus stop because of his race and then assaulted him.
Harrison was jailed for two years and three months and now faces being drummed out of the Metropolitan police after being convicted of grievous bodily harm.
His victim Carl Abrahams, 47, had been visiting his partner’s grave in east London along with his two teenage sons.
All three have been left traumatised with Abrahams suffering a fractured upper shin after the attack by Harrison, who was part of the Met’s violent crime taskforce, formed to crackdown on violence.
On 31 December 2018 Harrison was on duty in Forest Gate, east London having been briefed that morning to be on the lookout for several black male suspects who were wanted for violent crimes.
Harrison who was in an unmarked police car got out and approached Abrahams without identifying himself.
Abrahams and his children walked past the officer and without saying anything, Harrison kicked his victim’s knee, toppling him to the ground.
Harrison’s nearby colleagues then rushed out of their cars and a passerby who remonstrated with the officer was threatened with arrest. Harrison later claimed in an interview the stop was to look for drugs and guns.
But during his trial at Southwark crown court the officer changed his story and claimed the family “noticed” his car which he found suspicious.
Harrison was jailed on Monday and the Met said on Tuesday he faces a fast-track discipline process. It will also consider whether race played a part in Harrison’s actions, following damning remarks by the trial judge.
Judge Gregory Perrins said: “Having heard the evidence at trial, I strongly suspect that the reason that you stopped Mr Abrahams and his sons was because they were black.”
The judge later added: “Had Mr Abrahams and his sons been white I suspect that you would have simply driven on by; this was in my judgment a clear case of racial profiling.”
Harrison had tried to justify the stop during an interview by saying: “You don’t find drugs and weapons by remaining in your police car.”
The judge said: “You had no grounds to arrest either Mr Abrahams or his sons, nor did you have any grounds to carry out a stop and search. They had done absolutely nothing wrong nor had they behaved in any way that could be deemed suspicious.
“They were simply a family returning from a cemetery where they had gone to visit the grave of their partner and mother.
The judge continued: “You kicked Mr Abrahams’ leg, deliberately knocking him to the ground. Mr Abrahams was in obvious pain. Although it was suggested at trial that his sons were aggressive and confrontational in the aftermath of the incident, the video footage shows the exact opposite.
“It was your case at trial that Mr Abrahams was aggressive and that you quickly formed the view that he was going to assault you. You, therefore, used an approved ‘leg sweep’ manoeuvre to take him to the ground where he could be restrained.
“Having heard the evidence at trial I see no basis upon which you could genuinely have thought it necessary to defend yourself from a man walking down the street with his two sons with his hands in his pockets.
“This was a deliberate assault.”
The judge said there were “serious and significant aggravating factors” to the offence: “First is the fact that Mr Abraham’s two children were present.
“They had to watch their father being kicked to the ground without justification by a police officer.”
The victim was on crutches for three months and no longer plays a sport, with his sons left fearful of the police.
“Secondly, I do take the view that this was an abuse of power. You were purporting to use your powers as a police officer when you kicked him.
“When it was clear that a member of the public had witnessed what you did he was threatened with arrest.
“Although you claimed in evidence that you were engaged in ‘community liaison’ your actions have the potential to seriously undermine the trust placed in the police by members of the public.”
The judge said he could not be sure the attack was due to the race of the victim, though the decision to stop him was.
Harrison was later sentenced to two years and three months in Jail. End.
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