Dawn Butler was stopped by the Met Police whereas driving in Hackney right this moment, telling her followers on Twitter: ‘I recorded the whole incident’.
The Labour MP has not but given additional details about what occurred, however mentioned there can be ‘more details to follow’. The incident comes simply someday after she described feeling terrified and mistrustful of calling the police in an opinion piece for Metro.co.uk.
In the article, she acknowledged that she had ‘no faith’ in Met Commissioner Cressida Dick’s skill to deal with institutional racism inside policing. She wrote: ‘Cressida Dick seems to be incapable of tackling this long-known downside, and incapable of displaying solidarity with these individuals who endure from it essentially the most, so she ought to resign.
‘It shouldn’t be one thing I name for simply. I do know too that the phrase racist typically scares folks, nevertheless it doesn’t imply each officer is racist – nor am I calling Cressida Dick racist.
‘It’s the Met Police organisation that’s structurally racist and she is in control of it. We want her to deal with it, not deny our lived experiences or make excuses.’
She added: ‘We desperately need to take action to stop the desensitisation of injustice towards African-Caribbean, Asian and minority ethnic people, and take real steps to make changes in the Met Police.’
Butler has so-far not accused the Met Police of racial profiling in her tweet about officers stopping her car in Hackney.
Her tweet has triggered an outpouring of assist, with MP Diane Abbott amongst voices calling on the Met Police to alter. She wrote on-line: ‘This is so unsurprising. When will the Metropolitan police give up on racial profiling? #BlackLivesMatter.’
MP David Lammy wrote: ‘Big hugs Dawn. Love and prayers’, whereas Rosie Duffield replied asking: ‘Hope you’re okay Dawn?’. Their phrases have been adopted by MP Claudia Webbe who merely mentioned: ‘Solidarity Dawn.’
Chief Supt Roy Smith, Commander of the Basic Command Unit (BCU), later confirmed Butler had been stopped by officers and mentioned he’d spoken with her on the telephone.
He continued: ‘She has given me a very balanced account of the incident. She was positive about one officer and gave feedback on others and the stop. We are listening to those concerns and Dawn is quite entitled to raise them.’
A journalist at Channel four mentioned Butler would seem on their information programme to debate how she had been questioned by officers ‘looking for “gang and knife crime”‘.
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