‘I don’t really feel protected in London’, says Ricardo Dos Santos after second cease by police

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n athlete allegedly racially profiled throughout a stop-and-search in 2020 doubled down on the Met Police on Tuesday, saying he doesn’t really feel protected driving in London after being pulled over a second time.

Sprinter Ricardo Dos Santos, 27, on Sunday evening revealed clips of him being stopped in his Tesla by seven armed officers who believed he was on a cellular. He later expressed his annoyance and accused the power of over-policing.

Scotland Yard invited Mr Dos Santos to contact them however when he didn’t they referred the matter to its watchdog, the Impartial Workplace for Police Conduct.

The Portuguese athlete urged he has just lately modified to an electrical “household automotive” in an try to keep away from being profiled.

Mr Dos Santos stated he continued driving for two.4 miles after police signalled for him to tug over in west London as a result of he needed to cease someplace “protected”, “well-lit” and the place there can be “individuals round”.

Requested on BBC Breakfast what he thought the explanation was behind police pulling him over greater than as soon as, the 400-metre runner stated: “I can’t let you know why.

“I’ve just lately modified vehicles, I’ve received a household automotive simply so I can stand out quite a bit much less, however I assume it’s not the automotive, it’s the particular person driving the automotive.

“They noticed me, they thought that I used to be on my telephone, however I proved to them that I wasn’t on my telephone.”

Footage posted by Ricardo Dos Santos reveals a Met Police officer finishing up the cease

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Mr Dos Santos claimed he had been holding his fingers to his face, and officers mistook this for him making a name.

When requested how protected he felt driving round London following the incident, he stated: “I truthfully don’t. I don’t really feel protected in any respect.

“The very first thing I stated to myself once I noticed the automotive was, ‘Is it going to occur?’

“And each time I do see a police automotive once I’m driving I feel, ‘Is it going to occur this time? Will it occur this time? When is it going to occur once more?’”

Mr Dos Santos claimed one officer took a baton out of his pocket “out of frustration able to smash the glass” after not realizing easy methods to open the automobile’s door.

He stated the officers’ behaviour modified after they realised he had a digital camera in his automotive, however didn’t specify how.

Mr Dos Santos commented he would love police to “concentrate on how individuals truly really feel” when conducting searches.

He added that “nothing had modified” two years after he was pulled over along with his companion, Bianca Williams, now 28, and their daughter in Maida Vale.

In July 2020, footage of Ms Williams and Mr Dos Santos being searched and handcuffed was broadly shared on social media, with Ms Williams later accusing the police of racially profiling them.

After the search, particulars of the couple’s three-month-old child had been additionally saved on a police database known as Merlin, used to document data on kids who turn out to be identified to the authorities.

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In April, the IOPC stated an performing police sergeant and 4 police constables will all face a gross misconduct disciplinary listening to over the incident.

Mayor Sadiq Khan “was conscious” of Mr Dos Santos’s footage, with a spokesman including: “He understands the Met have provided to talk to Ricardo and can await the end result of any discussions.

“A earlier, widely-reported encounter, between Mr Dos Santos and the Met was deeply upsetting to many Londoners and the Mayor not solely welcomed an unbiased investigation by the IOPC, but in addition its subsequent findings.

“Sadiq has repeatedly made clear the extent of change required within the Met, and that the incoming Commissioner should do all he can to assist restore belief and confidence within the service amongst all communities.”

The Met stated it had nothing additional so as to add having recorded the matter as a public criticism and referred it to the IOPC.

“We await their views on how they might want to take this ahead,” a spokesman stated.

The IOPC stated it was assessing the obtainable data earlier than it determined what to do.


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