Fedster + 1,307 Posted September 10, 2020 Share Posted September 10, 2020 A stop and search by a Metropolitan Police officer that was shared on social media was carried out with insufficient grounds, the Independent Office for Police Conduct has ruled. Date - 10th September 2020 By - Chris Smith The IOPC has upheld a complaint made by a Black male cyclist who was stopped and searched on a London street. The Metropolitan Police officer was ordered to undertake reflective practice after an investigation found the grounds for the search of Emmanuel Arthur in Euston last year – under section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act - were not reasonable. The IOPC also ordered further reflective practice to consider the impact of the disproportionate use of stop and search on BAME communities, as it appeared the officer did not understand why Mr Arthur had felt racially profiled by him. It ruled that the smell of cannabis as a single ground is not good practice as set out in the College of Policing’s Authorised Professional Practice on stop and search. The IOPC examined mobile phone footage taken by another cyclist that was widely shared on social media and in the mainstream media, as well as the officer’s body worn video. It also took a statement from three cyclists, as well as the three officers present, and examined a year of the officer’s previous stop and search records for comparator evidence. The officer later added he had been concerned that Mr Arthur was disagreeing with him about the bike being over the white line at traffic lights. He had not raised this during the incident as he did not want it to escalate. No drugs were found during the search. The IOPC rejected a complaint of discriminatory behaviour as the review of previous stop and searches carried out by the officer had shown the officer had used the smell of cannabis as ground for a stop on all ethnicities and genders. IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem said: “Stopping someone on the single ground of a suspicion of the smell of cannabis is not good practice and it’s right that the officer will have to reflect on this. “However, it’s still important to acknowledge that Mr Arthur felt racially profiled. The importance of police officers recognising, and being aware of, the disproportionate impact stop and search has on black communities in particular cannot be understated.” View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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