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PCC statement following publication of IPCC reports regarding murder of Bijan Ebrahimi

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Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Today concludes nearly four years of lengthy proceedings and my first and last thoughts are with Mr Ebrahimi’s family, particularly his sisters who have waited patiently for this day.

“Mr Ebrahimi’s family now know what happened to Bijan while he lived in Bristol and the contact that he had with the police and other organisations charged to support, care and protect him.

“Avon and Somerset Constabulary did not protect Bijan. They failed him in his hour of need on more than one occasion and today’s report shows the extent of that failure.

“While the past four years of proceedings has prolonged the grief for Mr Ebrahimi’s family and has been heart-breaking for them to endure, I can only hope that today’s conclusion gives them and local people confidence that failures by the police will be dealt with openly, independently and robustly.

“A Police officer and a PCSO have gone to prison, 17 police officers and staff have faced disciplinary proceedings and four people have been dismissed.

“There is nothing that can do justice to the collective failure to protect Mr Ebrahimi and to treat him as a victim of hate crime.

“Avon and Somerset Constabulary accepts it failed Mr Ebrahimi and quite rightly, has apologised. They have learned from this and the Chief Constable and I must ensure that a tragic event like this does not happen again.

“My task is to ensure the Constabulary admits and apologises for its failures and to ensure it learns from the circumstances leading up to Mr Ebrahimi’s tragic murder.

“Over the past four-years I am satisfied that the Constabulary has recognised the mistakes that were made and put in place wide-reaching changes which are already embedded today.

“As residents would expect protecting our most vulnerable people from harm is given the highest priority within Avon and Somerset. I am determined that we never see a repeat of this appalling collective failure again.”

 

Posted on Wednesday 5th July 2017
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