Five police officers are set to be investigated over stopping of the British athlete Bianca Williams. Miss Williams has claimed that officers racially profiled her during the in the incident on 4th of July in West London.
UNN’s Oliver Down understands that the officers involved will be investigated for an alleged over use of force; duties and responsibilities; and authority, respect as well as courtesy. Following the event, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick later apologised to Miss Williams and stated that told that two officers had spoken to Williams to say sorry for the “distress” caused.
Bianca Williams has since called for the head of the Metropolitan police to step down. She said in a statement: “We have now received an apology for the distress the incident caused us, but significantly, not for the wholly unjustified actions that officers took against our family”.
The inquiry into the five officers involved is being carried out by the Independent Office for Police Conduct. The Metropolitan Police have said in a statement: “The officers involved are from the Territorial Support Group. No officer is suspended or subject to restricted duties. The MPS continues to fully co-operate with the IOPC investigation”.
At the time of the incident nothing was found during the search and no arrests were made. Officers stated that they stopped the vehicle because it was being driven suspiciously and on the wrong side of the road.
Initial bodycam and social media footage was analysed, shortly after the incident, by the Metropolitan police’s Directorate of Professional Standards. That body decided none of the officers’ actions justified disciplinary proceedings.