Athlete ‘racially profiled at Stop and Search’ pulled over by Met

Officers surround a police car, Ricardo Dos Santos and his wife, an officer with a baton. Sprinter Ricardo Dos Santos was pulled over again by the Met Police after they accused them of racially profiling him during the search.

Officers pulled Ricardo Dos Santos over because ‘they thought he was on his phone’ (Images: PA/Twitter)

A sprinter who says the Metropolitan Police racially profiled him during a stop and search two years ago has been pulled over again.

In the early hours of Sunday, Ricardo Dos Santos was ordered to stop his car by armed officers who “thought he was using a phone while driving”.

The Met says they called in reinforcements when Mr Dos Santos “couldn’t stop”, but the Portuguese sprinter said it “took a little longer” because he found a safe place to do it.

Officials confirmed he stopped “about five minutes” later. Footage posted by Mr Dos Santos shows an officer running to his car, knocking on the window and trying to open the door.

He is also seen taking out his baton and pointing it at the window.

Mr Dos Santos said: “After I pulled over, two officers ran on either side of the car, a clenched fist banged on my window and tried to open the car door.

“Not knowing how to use a Tesla grip, frustrated, he pulled out his baton, ready to smash the glass.

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Mr Dos Santos spotted driving his Tesla (Image:
Mr Dos Santos said the officer pulled out his baton “out of frustration” at not being able to open the Tesla door (Image: Twitter)
The athlete asked why the Met took seven officers to stop him (Image: PA)

“Upset that after two years nothing has changed but they still manage to overpower the police.

“Why must seven armed officers be present when I was alone? Two or three max would have been enough.’

The Met Police have now taken up the incident as a public complaint and have voluntarily referred themselves to the independent Bureau of Policing Conduct for advice “on how to take this forward”.

Five Met officials are currently facing a gross misconduct investigation into allegations of racially profiling Mr Dos Santos and his wife Bianca Williams, who was a sprinter for Team GB, in July 2020.

Officers searched the couple for weapons and drugs but found nothing before recording details of their three-month-old baby in the Merlin police database for children known to authorities.

Following Sunday’s incident, Mr Dos Santos said he was “not surprised”. [he] had to go through that again’.

“Upset that after two years nothing has changed but they still manage to overpower the police,” said Mr Dos Santos (Image:
Mr Dos Santos and his wife Bianca Williams claim they were racially profiled in July 2020 (Image: BBC)

The Met said in a statement: “We are aware of footage on social media showing part of a stop at a car.

‘[Officers] saw a car traveling eastbound on the A40 Westway and was concerned that the driver might be using a mobile phone at the wheel.

“Officials clearly indicated that the car should stop, but it didn’t and they called for further assistance.

“The driver pulled up at Orsett Terrace W2 about five minutes later and officers spoke to him about why they wanted to stop the vehicle.

“After the conversation, the vehicle was allowed to drive off. We have since contacted the driver via Twitter, inviting him to get in touch with us if he would like to further discuss this matter.”

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