Bianca Williams receives Met Police apology after racial profiling claims

British sprinter Bianca Williams has received an apology from police after she and her partner were handcuffed in a stop-and-search.

Williams, 26, was returning from training on Saturday with Ricardo dos Santos – also a professional athlete – and three-month old son when their car was stopped in London.

The pair accused the Met Police of racial profiling and acting violently towards them in an episode caught on film.

Yesterday the Met referred itself to the policing watchdog despite two reviews of the circumstances by its Directorate of Professional Standards not identifying misconduct by any officer involved.

And today Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick told a committee of MPs that officers had visited Ms Williams to apologise.

The initial incident went viral on social media and provoked an angry reaction from former Olympian Linford Christie, who trains both athletes.

He wrote on Twitter : "Two of my athletes were stopped by the police today, both international athletes, both parents of a three-month-old baby who was with them and both handcuffed outside of their home.

"Can Cressida Dick or anyone please explain to me what justification the Met Police officers had in assaulting the driver, taking a mother away from her baby all without one piece of PPE and then calling the sniffer dog unit to check the car over.

"Was it the car that was suspicious or the black family in it which led to such a violent confrontation and finally an accusation of the car smelling of weed but refusing to do a roadside drug test.

"This is not the the first time this has happened. (second time in two months) And I'm sure it won't be the last but this type of abuse of power and institutionalised racism cannot be justified or normalised any longer."

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