Labour MP Dawn Butler has accused the Metropolitan Police of racial profiling after she was stopped by officers.
The MP for Brent Central – who was a member of Labour’s shadow cabinet until April – said she was stopped by police while driving through Hackney.
She told The Guardian the officers said they had stopped Butler and her friend – who is also Black – because the car was registered to North Yorkshire.
Police later told her they had made a mistake and apologised, the MP said.
I JUST GOT STOPPED BY THE POLICE DRIVING THROUGH HACKNEY... MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW...@metpoliceuk
I recorded the whole incident.
— Dawn Butler MP✊🏾 (@DawnButlerBrent) August 9, 2020
Butler told Sky News she went public with the incident because of a second officer who “inflamed the situation”.
“It is tiring and exhausting and mentally draining,” she said. “This is a police service that is supposed to police everyone. And I understand there are issues and they need to be dealt with.
“But deal with them in an equitable way. Don’t deal with them in an unfair way and a biased way or a racist way. Deal with it properly and then we can all be on board with that.”
In a video of the incident, Butler – who was Labour’s equalities secretary – tells the police: “It is really quite irritating. It’s like you cannot drive around and enjoy a Sunday afternoon whilst Black, because you’re going to be stopped by police.”
One of the officers in the video tells her: “I appreciate everything you say and I do apologise for wasting your time.”
Butler told Sky News there is “institutional racism” in the police. “We know that,” she said. “And it needs to be taken out. It is cancerous and it needs to be cut out of the police force. It’s urgent – it’s absolutely urgent.”
She added: “I want to work with the police to get this right.”
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