The family of Mr Bijan Ebrahimi has issued a statement in response to the publication of the IPCC report which was published today.
The family said:
“The IPCC’s report speaks to the institutional racism that lies at the heart of Bijan’s murder and immolation. Had the authorities not colluded in the race hate crime that Bijan suffered in his council flat over all those years, he would be alive today.
Avon and Somerset Constabulary has taken responsibility for its racial discrimination against Bijan and for failing to protect his life. Bristol City Council must now do the same if justice is to be done.”
The family's solicitor, Tony Murphy, made the following statement:
“The root causes of this atrocity run deep within the institutions responsible for protecting the lives of vulnerable council tenants. Bijan was left defenceless against the race hatred of other tenants because the very institutions whose duty it was to protect him are infected with the same racism.”