Police smash car window of black man returning from TV interview about police racism

Is it any wonder black people react badly to the police when this is the way they can expect to be treated?

Once again, we’re seeing racism from the Metropolitan Police.

Where is the commissioner of that “service”, Cressida Dick?

Why is she not ripping out the racism, root and branch?

And what about City of London Police? What’s their excuse?

Look at the state of this:

When an officer smashed in the window of Ryan Colaço’s car, after he was wrongly accused of concealing drugs, they did not know he was driving home from a TV interview in which he told of institutional racism in the police after being stopped and searched the week before.

In the original incident, in Northumberland Park, north London, at 11am on 23 May, Colaço said he was stopped after being “aggressively tailgated” by the Metropolitan police, with officers then running to his car and banging on his window. They later said they had been able to smell cannabis from his car.

As he queried why he was being stopped, Colaço, 30, was forced into handcuffs, video footage shows. He agreed to leave his car and stood with officers who searched him, while others combed through his BMW and found nothing.

“I’ve never in my life ever handled or taken any drug,” he said. “I felt like they were just trying to incriminate me. After the way I’ve been treated over the years, I don’t trust them. They stop you and then find a reason to justify their stop.”

Colaço, whose job involves helping to find locations for films, said he had been searched about 20 times, but did not have a criminal record. He faces the possibility of a court hearing for obstructing a drugs search after he was released under investigation after his arrest as a result of the second incident.

On 29 May, driving home from an interview with Channel 4 after his video of the first incident gained attention on social media, he was stopped again at about 4.30pm, near Cannon Street station in central London.

As he questioned why City of London police officers wanted to search him, after they had alleged he was “dashing stuff up in his waistband”, footage shows his window was smashed in.

“There were two officers at first – within minutes I was surrounded,” he said. “It was a very intimidating situation. Clearly nothing was dashed in my waistband. My safety was not taken into consideration when they broke that window. I told him I would come out, but just didn’t want to be put in handcuffs.”

Officers hauled him from his car and forced him to the ground, hitting his head against the ground before he was thrown face-first against a wall, Colaço said, causing him severe headaches. He was handcuffed, drug-tested, taken to the station and strip-searched before spending hours in a cell before being released about 12 hours later, with nothing having been found.

He had to walk a mile at about 5am to retrieve his car, which had been impounded. During the walk, he was approached by officers in a vehicle who pulled over to ask why he was out and about. Colaço then had to wait till 9.30am to be given his car.

“When the officer drove my car out, I saw there was still glass everywhere,” he said. “I had my head in my hands. They said they won’t clean the glass or pay for the window and my car was trashed too. The fact this all happened as I was coming back from an interview about getting stopped: you couldn’t make it up.”

Source: Police smash car window of man on way home from C4 interview about police racism | UK news | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Police smash car window of black man returning from TV interview about police racism

  1. The Toffee (597)

    And the plod whinge about being understaffed?

    They’re gonna have to pay damages to the lad – possibly enough to pay two coppers’ yearly salary, maybe more.

    Personally, I reckon in cases like this the plod committing the act ought to pay out of his/her own pocket(s). Or a proportion of the payout.

  2. kateuk

    When I was a long haired hippy in the 70s I was constantly stopped for no good reason for “drugs”. They never found anything (I don’t use drugs). Likewise a long haired male friend who used to drive his Dad’s Rover was always being stopped. Eventually he cut his hair, I stopped wearing hippy clothes and the harassment stopped. Unfortunately for black people they can’t change their skin so the harassment continues. The police have always targeted people/groups who don’t fit their narrow view of white respectability.

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