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West Yorkshire Police investigate Keighley racism claim

Claims a police officer used racist language and excessive force during an arrest in West Yorkshire are being investigated.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the claims were made after an incident in Keighley.

Comments were allegedly made about a man suspected of assaulting a teenage girl, on 28 April.

The girl's father made a complaint about them and one of excessive force over his arrest at the scene.

West Yorkshire Police referred the complaint to the IPCC on 2 May.

Managed investigation

In a statement the IPCC said: "The man had attended the scene of an alleged assault on his 15-year-old daughter in Dalton Road, Keighley after being contacted by West Yorkshire Police.

"He claims an officer made a racist comment about a man who had allegedly assaulted his daughter.

"The man further claims the officer used excessive force, including CS spray, when arresting him subsequently on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly."

In response, the IPCC has decided to manage an investigation by West Yorkshire Police's Professional Standards Department.

IPCC Commissioner Nicholas Long said: "Our role in managing this investigation is to provide direction, control and independent oversight.

"The investigation will look at all the circumstances surrounding the incident, including the telephone contact with the father, the alleged racist remark and the decision to arrest and subsequent use of force."

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