Calvin Robinson clashes with community activist on race
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In a heated debate on racism, Mr Robinson accused Mr Hinds of being “racist” after clashing over their beliefs. Speaking on talkRADIO, Mr Robinson said: “First and foremost, my race has nothing to do with my politics, nothing to do with my opinions and I don’t appreciate you saying I need to stick by my own. My own is my family, my own is my Christian brothers and sisters, my own is my British community.
“Do not dare to tell me that my own is decided by the colour of my skin – who the hell do you think you are?”
But Ken Hinds defended his view by saying: “I’m an expert because I’m black so I can talk about it from a historical past.”
He added: “If you’re going to deny that part of you, that’s down to you.”
Robinson then said “I put it to you that you are a racist” but the community activist who has campaigned against stop and search added: “How can you call me a racist when I defend black people for many years?”
Mr Robinson continued: “Because you’re telling a mixed-race person what to think based on the colour of their skin and that’s not ok, that is racist.”
Mr Hinds noted: “You better deal with your historical trauma because it’s quite clear you need some counselling to deal with it.”
It comes as the Chief Constable of a police force that has faced criticism of its handling of Black Lives Matter and Kill the Bill protests is stepping down.
Andy Marsh, of Avon and Somerset Police, said he will not seek to extend his contract when it expires at the beginning of July.
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Unrest following Kill the Bill protests in Bristol in recent weeks led to claims that policing had been too aggressive.
But force bosses were also criticised for failing to intervene to stop Black Lives Matter protesters throwing a statue of slave trader Edward Colston into Bristol Harbour last summer.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mr Marsh said it had been the “honour of a lifetime” to lead the force and that it would be a “wrench” to leave the job.
He said: “To leave a force I first joined in 1987 has been a difficult decision to make, but I feel it is the right time for me to embark on a new challenge and for another person to take the helm and continue on the journey to make Avon and Somerset Police the outstanding force it deserves to be.”
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Mr Marsh joined Avon and Somerset Police as a new recruit in 1987, working his way up to the rank of chief superintendent, before stints at Wiltshire and Hampshire police forces.
He took the job of Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset in February 2016.
In recent weeks, Bristol has seen unrest following Kill the Bill protests against Government plans to give police sweeping powers to control demonstrations.
A riot broke out on March 21 when around 500 people marched on Bridewell police station, set fire to police vehicles and attacked the station, and protests on March 23 and 26 also ended with clashes between activists and officers.
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