Dawn Butler: Labour MP accuses police of racially profiling her

Brenda Watkins
August 12, 2020

We have to stop seeing black with crime.

Met Police chief Dame Cressida Dick told MPs that officers had visited Ms Williams to apologise for "distress" caused by the stop. We have to stop linking being black and driving a nice auto with corruption'.

The MP for Brent Central said, 'We realize that the police are institutionally prejudiced and what we have to do is clear that out.

Starmer declared that "it is imperative that the Black community have trust and confidence in our police" and condemned the abuse that the Labour backbencher has been subjected to on Twitter since speaking out about the incident.

Ms Butler said it had been 20 years since the Macpherson Report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, which described the Met Police as "institutionally racist".

The former equalities shadow minister recorded the incident on her phone.

On Monday, she tweeted: "I see the racist trolls are going insane with conspiracy theories". "You're just doing what the system is telling you to do and the system is failing the police officers as well as failing the community", she added.

Responding to reports of the event, London's Metropolitan Police stated on Monday that an officer "incorrectly entered the registration into a police computer which identified the vehicle as registered to an address in Yorkshire".

Her footage of the stop showed an officer saying police were carrying out searches because of "gang and knife crime".

"If you are profiling people who are driving in a certain type of vehicle, that's an inappropriate reason to stop, and if you are profiling people because of the colour of their skin, that's an inappropriate reason to stop".

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"Once the mistake was realised the officer sought to explain this to the occupants; they were then able to continue on their way", the police declaration stated, including that no searches were performed.

The force said "one of the occupants" had been contacted by a senior officer and they had discussed "subsequent interaction as well as feedback regarding the stop".

He added: "We are fed up with individuals being allowed to film my colleagues with impunity and put it out on every social media strand within five seconds, wherever they want, but we're not allowed under legal grounds... to do the same, to put my colleagues' body-worn camera out immediately".

Dawn Butler urged police to deal with issues in an "equitable" way.

"I as the chair of 30,000 officers, am saying: put it out there". It is just tiring and exhausting and mentally draining, and this is a police service that's supposed to police everyone.

She said she had filmed it and would be sharing more details.

In response, Ms Butler called on Twitter users to "please explain institutional racism to Shaun".

LabourList understands that the leader of the opposition's office has been liaising with Butler since the incident on Sunday and that Starmer's team have been in touch with City Hall.

Last month the Met apologised to GB sprinter Bianca Williams and her partner Ricardo dos Santos who were pulled from their vehicle and handcuffed in front of their three-month-old son.

"People get scared when you say racism because they say "you're calling all the police racist".

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