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Three Metropolitan Police officers face a misconduct hearing over breaching standards of "equality and diversity" after Team GB sprinter was stopped and searched 12 months ago.

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Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams

Date - 2nd July 2021
By - Chloe Livadeas

A number of Met officers are still under investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) one year since the social media storm  stop search of GB athlete Bianca Williams.

Ms Williams accused the force of “racially profiling” her, and her partner, Ricardo dos Santos, when they were handcuffed and separated from their baby last July.

The three officers were already subject to a misconduct investigation for various potential breaches of police standards of professional behaviour relating to the use of force; duties and responsibilities; and authority, respect and courtesy.

At the time of the furore the Met's PSD reviewed the incident twice and decided no action should be taken against the officers involved 

The Independent Office for Police Conduct said: “After reviewing a range of new evidence, they were informed they are now subject to an investigation for potential breaches of the police standards of professional behaviour relating to equality and diversity, which requires officers to act with fairness and impartiality and not to discriminate unlawfully or unfairly.

“Two of those officers are also now being investigated for potential breaches of the standards relating to honesty and integrity, requiring them to be honest and act with integrity at all times.

“Collectively, these alleged breaches amount to potential gross misconduct.”

Three other police officers are also still being investigated over the incident a year ago.

One is being investigated for potential breaches of the standards relating to “equality and diversity, and duties and responsibilities”.

A further two officers also face an inquiry over behaviour relating to use of “force; duties and responsibilities; and authority, respect and courtesy”.

The force said in a statement: "We are aware three MPS officers are subject to a gross misconduct investigation by the IOPC in relation to this matter. Another three officers are being investigated for misconduct for potential breaches of standards of professional standards. The MPS continues to fully co-operate with the IOPC investigation."

No officer is suspended or subject to restricted duties, they added.

Earlier this year, the Met made ten recommendations following a review into the use of handcuffs where an arrest has not been made. They have now amended the stop and search e-form to include any use and justification for handcuffs pre-arrest.

Ms Williams said: “The handcuffs were painful and it was incredibly humiliating to be separated from my baby, in handcuffs outside my home with neighbours walking past.

“While I welcome better training in the Met on the use of handcuffs, the trauma of the incident did not start or end with the handcuffing. It was racial stereotyping and prejudice.

“I would like to see some effective bias training in the police as well as better training on the use of force and not just in relation to handcuffs.”

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12 months and counting and the IOPC throw in a new element.  Surely they must have gathered all the evidence early in the investigation so what is wrong with their decision making processes or judgement that they have now come to the conclusion that there might be a racial element to this case.  You'd assume that they have had the BWV, vehicle footage (if any), public CCTV and i/p statements as well as officer accounts for most of the last 12 months and would have reviewed that when receiving it?  If that is the case what is the cause of the delay.

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Trying to throw in and use the Race card, again.  Without going back to the original story, wasn't the vehicle supposed to have tinted windows and had refused to stop for the Police Officers. The Met and the Commissioner viewed the BWV and evidence and decided that the officers hade not committed any offences. As an ex Traffic officers, amongst other things, when I was following a vehicle it was almost impossible to tell the ethnicity of the driver from the rear.  It was only after the vehicle had been stopped, and you approached to speak to the driver did you become aware of the occupants ethnicity.  It would be impossible that then claim that it was a Racist Incident. 

Perhaps this latest turn of events just show that the IOPC are only interested in nailing Police Officers for something, anything in fact.

Any vehicle failing to stop for the Police is solely responsible for what happens.

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7 minutes ago, Zulu 22 said:

Perhaps this latest turn of events just show that the IOPC are only interested in nailing Police Officers for something, anything in fact.

You're always criticizing the IOPC. Are you against the idea of an independent organization overseeing and holding the police accountable, or are you in favour of that idea but you don't think the IOPC are doing it?

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3 hours ago, Equin0x said:

You're always criticizing the IOPC. Are you against the idea of an independent organization overseeing and holding the police accountable, or are you in favour of that idea but you don't think the IOPC are doing it?

The IOPC has, many times, defied the word 'Independent' in it's title as many others on here have commented.

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3 hours ago, Equin0x said:

You're always criticizing the IOPC. Are you against the idea of an independent organization overseeing and holding the police accountable, or are you in favour of that idea but you don't think the IOPC are doing it?

I know you weren't quoting me but personally I see the IOPC as being politically driven rather than independent, slow, incompetent, unsuccesful and if their court results are anything to go by they often get proven to be wrong.  They also show a reluctance to let go when things don't go their way hence the reputation as a second or even third bite at the cherry organisation.  

Yes we need an independent organisation which can oversee genuine complaints from the public about our service but the IOPC has been shown time and time again as not being able to provide that and instead of concentrating on their core function and getting that right they seem intent on expanding their remit.

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