A police officer from London’s Metropolitan Police force has been sentenced to 27 months in prison after breaking a Black man’s knee in what the judge called “a clear case of racial profiling.”
According to the Guardian, a judge said PC Charlie Harrison, 39, targeted his victim, who had just left from visiting the grave of his deceased wife, for a bogus stop because of his race and then assaulted him.
The victim Carl Abrahams, 47, was at Manor Park Cemetery in east London with his two sons, 13 and 16, respectively, when he was approached by Harrison, who, according to the Guardian, got out of an unmarked car.
“On 31 December 2018, Harrison was on duty in Forest Gate, east London, having been briefed that morning to be on the lookout for a number of Black male suspects who were wanted for violent crimes,” the report read.
Abrahams and his sons were walking home when Harrison approached and blocked their path, according to the judge.
Abrahams told the court he was unaware that Harrison was a police officer. He pushed past him and kept walking, at which point Harrison kicked his leg, knocking him to the ground, the judge said.
Abrahams suffered a fracture to the knee and has had to give up football and running due to the injury.