A 24-year-old black man who was left paralysed after being tasered by police as he jumped over a wall has told Sky News he has been left “traumatised” by the ordeal.
Jordan Walker-Brown was paralysed from the chest down after he fell while being pursued by two officers on 4 May in Haringey, North London.
“It’s been mad”, he said. “Just waking up every morning and thinking ‘if I can walk again’, it’s traumatising, to be honest. It’s crazy.
“I can’t believe this is my life now.”
A Metropolitan Police officer who discharged his Taser is under investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct for the alleged offence of causing grievous bodily harm.
Mr Walker-Brown was one of hundreds of protesters carrying placards outside Tottenham Police station on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the 2011 London riots, sparked by the death of Mark Duggan.
The 29-year-old was shot dead by police after officers believed he was carrying a gun. His death led to protests in Tottenham, which spread across the UK, becoming the biggest riots in modern British history.
“I don’t really go out a lot, but I had to come out today,” said Mr Walker-Brown.
“People coming out to support the neighbourhood is good. There is a lot going on right now. It’s nice to see everyone out.”
According to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), he was being chased when officers drew their Tasers as he jumped over a wall, which was 4ft (1.21m) high on one side and had a 6ft (1.82m) drop on the other.
One of the officer’s discharged the weapon as he fell and landed on a canal towpath.
He spent several months in hospital, and now depends on a wheelchair.
“Just look at me. You can see the impact. Everyone has been hit by it. There are days people want to see me, but they can’t see me because they are scared to see me go through this,” he said.
“It’s crazy for my family. But there is a lot of support around me and that’s what I am grateful for. It’s mad. The way to explain it, is it’s traumatising.”
His mother Nadia and younger brother stood by him as he spoke out about his recovery.
“I have got to keep positive. I have got no choice. I celebrated my 24th birthday in hospital. But I just pray on this and whatever comes I’m taking it each day,” he said.
The Metropolitan Police said Mr Walker-Brown was arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to supply and taken to hospital.
“I’m just hoping to get justice out of this,” he said.
“I want the police officer or officers who done this, so I can do better in life. I want justice.”
The IOPC investigation is examining the cause of the 24-year-old’s injuries and whether his race played a part in the decision to stop him.