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Former police adviser charged with racially aggravated offence

The 64-year-old is a former member of the Independent Advisory Group to Avon and Somerset Police.

A former race relations adviser to the police has been charged with a racially aggravated offence.

Judah Adunbi, also known as Ras, was arrested at his Bristol home on April 18 and will appear in court next month.

Adunbi, of Easton, Bristol, was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following an alleged incident at a betting shop on the city’s Stapleton Road on March 29.

The 64-year-old, who is a former member of the Independent Advisory Group to Avon and Somerset Police, has been released on conditional bail to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on May 22.

In a statement, Avon and Somerset Police said: “A 64-year-old man has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following an incident at a betting shop in Stapleton Road, Bristol on March 29.

“Ras Adunbi, of Easton in Bristol, was arrested on April 18 and subsequently charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

“He has been released on conditional bail to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on
May 22.”

Last year, Adunbi was allegedly hit in the face by a police officer using a Taser in Colston Road, Easton. A video of the alleged incident was widely shared on social media.

Pc Claire Boddie, of Avon and Somerset Police, is due in court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing in relation to that case. She denies a charge of common assault.

In a statement, the Justice 4 Judah campaign said Adunbi was arrested on suspicion of a section 4 racially aggravated public order offence.

“We encourage campaign supporters to gather outside Bristol Magistrates’ Court this coming Monday at 1.30pm to show some solidarity,” the statement added.

Tony Murphy, of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, issued a statement on behalf of Adunbi.

“Ras Judah has a long history of challenging racism in all its forms and he shall be resisting this prosecution,” Mr Murphy said.

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