A police force and council “repeatedly sided with the abusers” of a man murdered after being wrongly accused of being paedophile, a report has found.
The Safer Bristol Partnership found a “collective failure” by Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council in the case of Bijan Ebrahimi.
The disabled Iranian refugee was beaten to death and set alight on a Bristol estate in 2013.
The council says it accepts the report‘s findings.
The SBP states: “There is nothing racist in the intentions or established policies and procedures of either organisation.
“Nevertheless, there is evidence that Mr Ebrahimi was repeatedly targeted for racist abuse and victimisation by some members of the public, that this was repeatedly reported to Avon and Somerset Constabulary and Bristol City Council and that representatives of both organisations repeatedly sided with his abusers.
“The more incidents that were reported, the more ingrained this pattern of responses became right up to Mr Ebrahimi’s death.”