Bianca Williams: Met Police refers itself to watchdog in climbdown after athlete complains of ‘racial profiling’

The Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after a stop and search involving athlete Bianca Williams.

Williams has claimed officers racially profiled her and her partner Ricardo dos Santos when they were handcuffed and separated from their three-month-old son after a traffic stop in London at the weekend.

A Met statement on Tuesday evening confirmed the service had made a voluntary referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

They added: “We have now recorded this incident as a public complaint.

“The decision to refer to the IOPC has been taken due to the complaint being recorded and the significant public interest in this matter and we welcome independent scrutiny of the facts.

“Two reviews of the circumstances by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards have not identified misconduct for any officer involved.”

Yesterday, a Met Police spokesperson said no further action was needed after viewing footage of the incident.

“Officers from the Directorate of Professional Standards have reviewed both footage from social media, and the body-worn video of the officers, and are satisfied that there is no concern around the officers’ conduct,” the statement said.

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