Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams accuses cops of treating boyfriend 'like scum, dirt on their shoe' in stop-and-search

TEAM GB sprinter Bianca Williams today accused cops of treating her boyfriend "like scum, dirt on their shoe" after a stop-and-search.

The 26-year-old Commonwealth gold medallist and her Portuguese sprinter partner Ricardo dos Santos, 25, were filmed being stopped and handcuffed by police in front of their three-month-old baby.


And Ms Williams accused Met Police of racial profiling after the incident unfolded as they made their way back from training.

The athlete told The Times: "It's always the same thing with Ricardo.

"They think he's driving a stolen vehicle, or he's been smoking cannabis.

"It's racial profiling. The way they spoke to Ricardo, like he was scum, dirt on their shoe, was shocking. It was awful to watch."

The couple will today meet with lawyers after police insisted they had acted lawfully. They are also expected to make a formal complaint.

Footage was shared on social media showing the pair being pulled from their car in broad daylight by at least three police officers in West London on Saturday.

Ms Williams, who is the fifth-fastest UK woman over 200m, can be heard yelling "my son is in the car".

One of the cops can be heard saying they are searching the car “for weapons”.

They were finally told they were free to go after 45 minutes.

Met Police said in a statement that they stopped a car which had sped away from officers travelling on the wrong side of the road.

'INSTITUIONALISED RACISM'

But Mr dos Santos said he had felt it was unsafe and drove for "another 20 seconds" to be able to park outside their home.

The couple – who are training for the Tokyo Olympics – said police had claimed to smell cannabis as they stopped the car.

Professional athlete Mr dos Santos said he had never drunk or smoked in his life.

Mr dos Santos claimed he had been stopped by police about 15 times since getting a black Mercedes in November 2017.

Former 100m Olympic champion Linford Christie accused the Met Police of "institutional racism" over the incident.

Yesterday, Linford – who is now an athletics coach – addressed a message on Twitter to Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick alleging that the male driver had been “assaulted” by cops and that officers had taken “a mother away from her baby.”

He 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 of their home.

“Can Cressida Dick or anyone 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 car over.

“Was it the car that was suspicious or the black family in it which led to such a violent confrontation and finally an accusation of the car smelling of weed but refusing to do a roadside drug test.

“This is not the the first time this has happened. (second time in two months) And I’m sure it won’t be the last but this type of abuse of power and institutionalised racism cannot be justified or normalised any longer.”




The Metropolitan Police responded saying a 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were detained but not arrests were made following the search.

A statement read: "At around 13:25hrs on Saturday, 4 July, officers from the Territorial Support Group were patrolling in the W9 area in response to an increase in violence involving weapons.

"Officers witnessed a vehicle with blacked out windows that was driving suspiciously, including driving on the wrong side of the road.

"They indicated for it to stop but it failed to do so and made off at speed.

"The officers caught up with the vehicle when it stopped on Lanhill Road. The driver initially refused to get out of the car.

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

"Following a search of the vehicle, the man and the woman, nothing was found. No arrests were made and the occupants were allowed on their way.

"Police are aware of a video circulating on social media showing part of the stop.

"Each stop is dealt with on its own merits at the discretion of the individual officers involved, taking into account various aspects including behaviour and compliance.

"Officers have to make these judgement calls regularly on a daily basis, often in difficult circumstances.

"They understand that their actions will be scrutinised as they go about their work and that the public have the right to hold them to account where appropriate.

"Officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards have reviewed both footage from social media, and the body-worn video of the officers and are satisfied that there is no concern around the officers’ conduct."




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