A black Police Inspector has initiated legal proceedings against the Metropolitan Police for alleged ‘racial harassment’ after being stopped by two police officers while he was off-duty.
Charles Ehikioya said that the stop showed an “abuse of power”. He recorded the stop on his mobile phone.
A spokesperson for the Met confirmed in a statement that they had received an internal complaint on 24th May this year but that a review “found no evidence of misconduct”.
55-year-old Ehikioya was stopped in Croydon as he was driving home in his private vehicle.
When the officers stopped him, they pointed out to him that they had stopped him due to his speed and because they believed that he had gone through a red light.
As is standard procedure with most traffic stops, the officers carried out several checks including making sure that the vehicle was properly insured and that Ehikioya had not been using his mobile phone while driving.
Ehikioya disputed that he had been driving at a speed that was over the posted speed limit and that he had been using his mobile phone while driving.
The Police Inspector was also accused of being ‘obstructive’ during the stop after he refused to get out of his car after he noticed that one of the officers had not turned his bodyworn camera on. He told the BBC that the allegations which were made by the officers during the stop “could have ended” his “whole career”.
During the stop, Ehikioya produced his warrant card and informed the officers that he was a police officer.
The Met confirmed that no action was taken against the Inspector following the stop.
Mr Ehikioya said told the BBC:
“I believed I was racially profiled and received no apology.
“I have kids and a grandson, I would not want them treated like this.”
Lasted updated: 10:22 | 18082020
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