Meet police officer racially profiled Ranger Rover driver, guard dog finds

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Met police officer racially profiled Ranger Rover driver handcuffed and confronted by Taser during London stop and search, watchdog finds

  • IOPC said a Met Police officer had to answer a case for misconduct due to bias
  • A Range Rover driver, aged 27, was arrested on Old Kent Road in Southwark
  • He was handcuffed while the vehicle and passengers were searched

With Police, a black driver profiled that racistically was handcuffed and confronted by a Taser during a stop and search, has found a guard dog.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said today that an officer had to answer a case for misconduct due to bias related to the man’s race.

The Range Rover driver, aged 27, was detained on Old Kent Road in Southwark, South London on May 2 last year, then handcuffed while the black vehicle and three passengers were searched for drugs.

During the stop, the officer also made use of the red-dot feature on his Taser – a target that shines on the person the stun gun is aimed at.

The IOPC maintained complaints that the driver was racially profiled, that the officer had not provided sufficient reasons for a stop and search, and that he was not wearing proper personal protective equipment to stop the spread of Covid.

The Range Rover driver, 27 years old, was arrested on Old Kent Road in Southwark, South London on May 2 last year and then handcuffed while the black vehicle and three passengers were searched for drugs (photo: general picture from Old Kent Road)

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said today that an officer had a case to answer for misconduct due to bias related to the man's race (file image)

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said today that an officer had a case to answer for misconduct due to bias related to the man’s race (file image)

The bosses met have agreed that the issues will be handled internally and that the officer should ‘focus on what is a reasonable reason to stop and search and consider the impact of the disproportionate use of stop and search on black and ethnic minority communities’.

The IOPC rejected the driver’s complaints that excessive force was used, that damage had been done to his car and cell phone, and that officers were not complying with data protection rules.

However, it found that instead of handcuffing the man and using the red dot on his Taser, the officer could have de-escalated the situation.

IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: “Quitting and searching is an important police tool, but it can also be very intrusive and erode the trust black communities have in the police force.

‘It is essential that it is used with care. Our investigation found evidence that racial bias played a role in an officer’s decision to stop the member of the public and the officer will now have to think and learn from it.

Incidents like this can undermine the legitimacy of stop and search as a police tactic.

“For those members of the community who are disproportionately affected by the use of stop and search, they need to be confident that racial bias is not involved in the use of this police force.”

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