Bianca Williams Testifies: Police Stereotyping and the Impact on Athletes

 

At the misconduct hearing, the athlete, who was stopped and searched, said he believed the police had a stereotype of him: ``Because he's a black man who drives a nice car, he must be involved in criminal activity.'' He said that

In July 2020, Ricardo dos Santos, 28, and his partner, British sprinter Bianca Williams, 29, were arrested outside their home in west London.

Nothing strange was found in his car.

Five Metropolitan Police Department police officers denied any serious misconduct.

On July 4, 2020, the couple were stopped in front of their home in Maida Vale with their three-month-old baby in their car.

They believe the officers racially profiled them.

Karon Monaghan KC, from the Independent Police Conduct Authority, told the hearing in closing submissions that Mr dos Santos had been "repeatedly" stopped and searched by police.

According to the panel discussion, he was stopped nine times in the four weeks after purchasing his car in 2018.

"He must be involved in some kind of crime because he believes he's the stereotype of a black guy with a nice car," Monaghan said.

He added: "He believes the cops are racist. He told them so, and he still believes they are."

The panel was shown footage of an incident involving Dos Santos in which he insulted a police officer.

"His abusive response to police is explained by his experiences, some of which he says are traumatic," Monaghan said.

"In my opinion, that's understandable."

She told the commission that the officers' descriptions of Mr. dos Santos' driving as "appalling," "frightening," and "suspicious" were all given as reasons for stopping him. He said the label "does not reflect reality."

"He acted irrationally."

Mr Monaghan said Mr dos Santos' "exaggerated" description of his driving was given to "justify what happened next" when officers stopped and searched him.

He told the committee that the use of force was "excessive from the beginning" and that Splinter's "desecration and abuse" did not begin until he was "grabbed and physically restrained."

Mr Monaghan said Acting Sergeant Simpson acted "unreasonably" in using "immediate force" on Williams, including removing him from his car and handcuffing him.

He also said the officers who said they smelled marijuana were "obviously lying".

Acting Sergeant Rachel Simpson, Inspector Alan Casey, Inspector Clapham, Inspector Michael Bond and Inspector Sam Franks were cleared of all charges, including an allegation of breaching police equality and diversity standards during a raid. is denying it.

The hearing continues.

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