Team GB's Bianca Williams accuses Met of 'racial profiling' after vehicle search

Carla Harmon
July 7, 2020

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 auto. "The officers were deployed to a high violence area of London and [because] the manner of the driving raised suspicion, it is only right that they act on it".

Scotland Yard has insisted its officers did nothing wrong during the stop and search of a Team GB sprinter at the weekend, despite pressure from the Mayor of London to refer the matter to the police watchdog. It was bad to watch, " Williams said. I'm still heartbroken by the fact they removed me from my three-month-old baby who has no idea what's going on.

It added that following a search, nothing was found and no arrests were made.

"They [the officers] said there's a lot of youth violence and stabbings in the area and that the vehicle looked very suspicious", she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Williams, 26, accused the Met of racially profiling her partner for driving a black Mercedes.

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 auto over".

British Athletics has offered support to Williams and in a statement sent to AW the national governing body said: "We are aware of the hugely distressing footage of Bianca Williams and her partner being handcuffed by the police outside their home yesterday".

"That is false. We were never on the wrong side of the road".

Footage of the incident, which was posted on social media by the pair's trainer and Olympic gold medalist Linford Christie, appears to show two people - although their faces aren't visible - being pulled out of a auto.

"Was it the vehicle that was suspicious or the black family in it which lead to such a violent confrontation and finally an accusation of the auto smelling of weed but refusing to do a roadside drug test", she added.

"That does not mean there isn't something to be learnt from every interaction we have with the public", Cdr Helen Harper said.

She added: "It's racial profiling". We want to listen to, and speak with, those who raise concerns, to understand more about the issues raised and what more we can do to explain police actions. "But what I do know is that if I was a senior officer looking at that video footage, I would feel uncomfortable about the way that it was dealt with".

But in a lengthy statement issued the force insisted it was satisfied there were no misconduct issued by the officers involved.

Black people in England and Wales are nearly 10 times as likely to be stopped and searched than white people, according to the latest Home Office data.

The video, shared on Saturday, was captioned with the note "racist police aren't just in America".

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