Racism: Black British athlete wrongly stopped and searched!

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

Bianca Williams, a British Olympic athlete, and her partner, Ricardo dos Santos, also an athlete, were stopped by the Police when driving back to their home in West London on 4 July.

They were forced out of their black mercedes car and handcuffed, leaving their baby son in the car during the incident. They were completely innocent of any offence and claim to have been stopped because they are black. The ugly scene was captured on social media.

The Metropolitan Police have since apologised to them and voluntarily referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, for a review of the case.

Stop and search powers have been targeted in London on black people, it is argued, disproportionately.

In May, during lockdown, 10,000 black men, aged between 15 and 24, have been stopped and searched. 8,000 of them did not require any further action!

When asked whether these statistics were alarming, the head of the Metropolitan Police is reported to have replied “no, we are staying alert!”

 

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘ian.blackshaw@orange.fr’