Bianca Williams: Met Police refers itself to watchdog in climbdown after athlete complains of ‘racial profiling’

Derrick Santistevan

The Metropolitan Police has actually referred itself to the police watchdog after a stop and search including athlete Bianca Williams.

Williams has actually declared officers racially profiled her and her partner Ricardo dos Santos when they were handcuffed and separated from their three-month-old boy after a traffic stop in London at the weekend.

A Met declaration on Tuesday night validated the service had actually made a voluntary recommendation to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The athlete has actually implicated officers of ‘racial profiling’

They added: “We have actually now taped this event as a public grievance.

” The decision to refer to the IOPC has actually been taken due to the grievance being taped and the considerable public interest in this matter and we invite independent examination of the realities.

“Two reviews of the circumstances by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards have not identified misconduct for any officer involved.”

The Other Day, a Met Police representative had actually stated no more action was required after seeing video of the event.

“Officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards have reviewed both footage from social media, and the body-worn video of the officers, and are satisfied that there is no concern around the officers’ conduct,” the declaration stated.

The British sprinter informed Sky News the event left her “really scared” and made her feel “like we were the scum of their shoe”.

“It was horrific,” she stated.

Bianca Williams (second from right) with fellow British sprinters at the 2018 European Sports Championships

Scotland Backyard stated absolutely nothing was discovered throughout Saturday’s search and no arrests were made however officers had actually stopped the vehicle after it was seen being driven suspiciously and on the incorrect side of the roadway.

Williams rejected this, stating the car was “never” on the incorrect side of the roadway.

Shadow justice secretary David Lammy explained the video as “shocking footage that anyone in their right mind would be alarmed about”.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, a former director of public prosecutions, stated on Monday that he might see no validation for the usage of handcuffs throughout the event and he would “feel uncomfortable” if he were a senior officer viewing the video.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated he takes claims of racial profiling “extremely seriously” and had actually raised the case with the force.

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