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Linford Christie asks why the Met prevented two of his athletes from driving a car


Linford Christie furiously accuses the Met of institutional racism after two of his athletes have been stopped, abused and searched by their car in front of their home – but Scotland Yard claims they "ran away"

  • Two Linford Christie international athletes were stopped by the police
  • The Met said they were patrolling an area known for increasing violence against youth
  • The two international athletes were pulled out of their car and handcuffed
  • Mr. Christie asked if the car was suspicious when a black family was driving

Linford Christie accused the Metropolitan Police of institutionalized racism after two of his athletes were stopped and handcuffed while driving their car with their three-month-old baby.

The Olympic champion left a message on Twitter asking for an explanation after the athletes were stopped.

Video footage of the scene showed the athletes being abused by Metropolitan Police officers during the stop.

Scotland Yard said its officials were patrolling the area because of an "increase in youth violence with weapons" in the area.

This is when the Metropolitan Police stopped in front of their London home and handcuffed two of Linford Christie's athletes

Mr. Christie questioned the reason for the stop and suggested that the police service was guilty of institutional racism

Mr. Christie questioned the reason for the stop and suggested that the police service was guilty of institutional racism

The city police said the stop was necessary because the car "started off on the wrong side of the road at high speed" and "darkened windows".

The city police said the stop was necessary because the car "started off on the wrong side of the road at high speed" and "darkened windows".

Mr. Christie asked the city police commissioner, Cressida Dick, to explain what had happened

Mr. Christie asked the city police commissioner, Cressida Dick, to explain what had happened

In a message to the Met police, Mr. Christie wrote: “Two of my athletes were stopped by the police today, both international athletes, both parents of a three-month-old baby who was with them, and both handcuffed outside their home.

“Can Cressida Dick or anyone please explain to me the justification the Met police officers had to attack the driver, take a mother away from her baby without a piece of PSA, and then call the tracker unit to check the car.

"Was it the suspicious car or the black family in it that led to such a violent confrontation and eventually an accusation that the car smelled of weeds but refused to do a roadside drug test? This is not the first time that this has happened. (second time in two months) And I'm sure it won't be the last time, but this type of abuse of power and institutionalized racism can no longer be justified or normalized. "

The city police replied, “On July 4, 2020, 1,325 Territorial Support Group officials patrolled the W9 area in response to the increase in youth violence with weapons.

“A vehicle with darkened windows that the officers drove at high speed and was driving on the wrong side of the road. The officers eventually caught up with the vehicle that was stopped in the LANHILL ROAD W9. The driver initially refused to get out of the vehicle.

The Linford Christie pictured asked if the car was stopped this way because there was a young black family in the vehicle

The Linford Christie pictured asked if the car was stopped this way because there was a young black family in the vehicle

The inmates, a 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were informed that they had been detained for a search under Section 1 of the 1984 Police and Criminal Evidence Act.

After the people / vehicles were searched, no arrests were made and the inmates were allowed to go. Each stop is treated on its own, taking into account various aspects, including conduct and compliance, at the discretion of the officials involved.

“Officials have to make these decisions regularly on a daily basis, often in difficult circumstances.

“They understand that their actions are being reviewed at work and that the public has the right to hold them accountable if necessary. In this case, officers from the Professional Standards Department reviewed both the social media footage and the body-worn video of the officers on site and were satisfied that there was no concern about the behavior of the officers. & # 39;

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