Team GB sprinter accuses Met of ‘racial profiling’ over stop and search
Footage of the incident was shared widely on Twitter after being posted by former Olympic medalist Linford Christie.
A team GB sprinter has accused the Metropolitan Police of “racial profiling” after she and her partner were stopped and searched.
Commonwealth gold medallist Bianca Williams described the incident in Maida Vale on Saturday as “awful to watch”.
She told the Times: “It’s always the same thing with Ricardo [her partner].
“They think he’s driving a stolen vehicle, or he’s been smoking cannabis.”
She added: “It’s racial profiling.
“The way they spoke to Ricardo, like he was scum, dirt on their shoe, was shocking. It was awful to watch.”
Footage of the incident was shared widely on Twitter after being posted by former Olympic medallist Linford Christie.
The clip appeared to show two people – a man and a woman – being pulled out of a car in a London street.
The woman says “he didn’t do anything” and officers can later be heard telling the woman to calm down after she worries about her son remaining in the car.
A male voice can be heard shouting in the background towards the end of the clip.
The video, shared on Saturday, was captioned with the note “racist police aren’t just in America”.
In a statement, the former Olympic 100-metre champion said: “Can Cressida Dick or anyone else please explain to me what justification the Met Police officers had in assaulting the driver, taking a mother away from her baby all without one piece of PPE and then calling the sniffer dog unit to check the car over.
“Was it the car that was suspicious or the black family in it which lead to such a violent confrontation and finally an accusation of the car smelling of weed but refusing to do a roadside drug test.”
The text also contained the hashtags BLM and MetPoliceRacist.
Scotland Yard said officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards have reviewed footage from social media and officers’ bodycams and were satisfied there was no concern around the officers’ conduct.
The force said in a statement that a car was stopped in Lanhill Road, Maida Vale, west London, on Saturday afternoon after it was seen driving suspiciously, and a 25-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were searched.
Commander Helen Harper said: “I understand the concern when incidents like this happen and how they can appear when part of it is filmed without context.
“Due to the concern raised, we conducted a review of the stop. This included social media footage and bodyworn camera footage of the officers at the scene.
“We are satisfied that there are no misconduct issues.”
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