LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Metropolitan Police said on Thursday that Britain’s police watchdog decided not to investigate an incident in which a black athlete’s car was stopped in the capital at the start of the month for the second time.
Portuguese 400m runner Ricardo dos Santos was arrested in the early hours of August 14 by officers on a routine patrol who said they feared a driver may be using a phone while driving.
Dos Santos, who posted video clips of the incident on Twitter, criticized the police. The Met, which voluntarily referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), said it would instead conduct its own investigation.
“The Independent Office for Police Conduct has determined that it is not necessary to investigate a vehicle stop by Met officers,” the Met said in a statement.
“The IOPC Fund has referred this complaint to the Met for investigation. This investigation will be carried out by the Professional Standards Directorate.
Five British police officers face a gross misconduct hearing after a 2020 incident in which dos Santos and British sprinter Bianca Williams were arrested, searched and handcuffed, raising questions about the use of force and racial profiling.
The IOPC is an independent body that deals with and investigates complaints against the police in England and Wales. Authorities can refer cases to the watchdog whether or not a complaint has been filed.
(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Nick Macfie)