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The Met Police's chief black inspector claims he was racially profiled


A senior black Metropolitan Police inspector is suing police over allegations that he was racially profiled by two white officers from his own squad when they stopped his car.

Charles Ehikioya filmed the officers who allegedly followed him two miles and falsely accused him of speeding up a red light and driving in Croydon, south London.

The 55-year-old alleged officials stopped him for no reason and complained about racial harassment at Scotland Yard after the May 23 incident.

However, the police insisted that no evidence of wrongdoing was found after an investigation by the Professional Standards Unit, which checked the officers' body-worn footage.

Mr Ehikioya told BBC News that he refused to leave his Toyota iQ when it was stopped because one of the two officers had not yet turned on his body-worn video.

Charles Ehikioya (pictured) filmed the officers who allegedly followed him two miles and falsely accused him of speeding up and driving a red light in Croydon, south London

The inspector said that as a result, for his own protection, he started recording what happened, and the officer then turned on his camera.

The tape shows the officer who said Mr. Ehikioya was stopped because he was driving at high speed. "It looked like he went through a red light."

The officers asked for Mr. Ehikioya's driver's license and proof of insurance, and made sure that the vehicle was not stolen and that he was sober and not using his phone.

They claimed his driving was "unusual" but Mr. Ehikioya denied it. The officer insisted that his behavior was appropriate and that Mr. Ehikioya was a hindrance.

In the footage filmed by Mr. Ehikioya, an officer can be heard saying, "Secure the vehicle, turn off the car, and just come and see me on the sidewalk."

Mr. Ehikioya then asks, "For what, why?" The officer replies, “So we were in South Croydon and saw you flew across the street at high speed and it looks to us like you went through a red light.

Mr Ehikioya said he refused to leave his Toyota iQ (pictured) when it was stopped because one of the two officers had not yet turned on his body-worn video

Mr Ehikioya said he refused to leave his Toyota iQ (pictured) when it was stopped because one of the two officers had not yet turned on his body-worn video

“We followed you, and from the distance you were ahead of us it looked like you had gone far out, so you were still traveling at a certain speed. So if you speak to me on the sidewalk, we can talk to you there. «

Mr. Ehikioya, who has worked for the force for more than 22 years, said the allegations were allegations that could have ended his career as a police officer.

In a formal complaint, he wrote, “The officers did not believe or care that I was an officer because I am black.

"They are both clearly racist cops who pretend to be polite and falsely accuse me, without having any evidence, that I have committed serious and road traffic crimes."

Mr Ehikioya, now suing Scotland Yard for racial harassment, told BBC Radio 4's Today program this morning: “The reason I feel run over is no other reason than the fact that you saw a black man, one drives a car.

“I just feel like they did this because I'm black and that's not okay and it shouldn't be the reason you're going around intimidating members of the public.

He added, “I firmly believe in the ethos and principles that govern policing, that the community is the police and the police are the community.

"That's why they and we don't exist, it should all be, because at the end of the day the police themselves would not be able to function without the community, and the community could not live in peace and harmony without them the police there, to prevent a break in the peace. & # 39;

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline today: “We can confirm that we received an internal complaint about a vehicle stop on Sunday May 24th.

On Saturday, May 23, a driver was stopped by police while driving his vehicle. The driver, who is black, claimed the stop was the result of race profiles.

& # 39; As usual, local inquiries were carried out by the Professional Standards Unit. Investigations revealed that the vehicle was being followed by officers before it was stopped on suspicion of excessive speed at a traffic light.

As part of these investigations, a body-worn video (BWV) of the stop was viewed. The BWV of the stop showed that the officers informed the complainant of their reasons / reasons for the stop and how they are obliged to do so.

The Labor MP accused police of race profiling after the BMW she was traveling in was stopped in Hackney, east London

City Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House has defended the officers' conduct after reviewing the incident

Labor MP Dawn Butler (left) accused police of race profiling after the BMW she was traveling in was stopped in east London on August 9. However, Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House (right) defended the officers' behavior after investigating the incident

& # 39; The review did not reveal any evidence of misconduct. No action was taken against the stopped man. & # 39;

The complaint takes place amid renewed criticism of the police's use of stop and search powers. Labor MP Dawn Butler claims she was racially profiled by officials in Hackney, east London, who dragged her and a black friend over.

The Met defended the officers who stopped their car and Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House complained that they were facing "social media trial" following the incident.

But yesterday, the chairman of the National Black Police Association said the incident with Ms. Butler was "rooted in a biased system that regards black people as criminals or drug traffickers."

Inspector Andrew George, the organization's new interim president, told the Guardian that "we need to look at the processes that led to its suspension," adding, "Training, briefings and culture all contribute to the creation of it Race profiles. "

He also told the newspaper, "We need to acknowledge the damage the black community is currently feeling and respond robustly to the consistent disproportionate we see in the use of powers by the police."

Former Shadow Equality Secretary Ms. Butler, who accused police of being "institutionally racist", was the passenger in a BMW that was being driven by a friend who is black like her when she was stopped on August 9th.

She claimed the incident was "obviously a racial profile".

Scotland Yard said the stop was due to an officer entering the license plate "incorrectly" into a computer to mistakenly identify it as a Yorkshire registered vehicle, but did not explain why the search was conducted in the first place.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, has insisted that the officers "did absolutely nothing wrong" and had "nothing to hide".

But Mr George questioned the reason for the stop, telling the Guardian, "I would ask why a vehicle registered in Yorkshire and driving in a global hub like London is enough on its own to warrant verification of owner details. "

The National Black Police Association was formed after the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence and according to the Macpherson Report.

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