London: British sprinter Bianca Williams said on Monday she was considering legal action against the police after accusing officers of racially profiling her and her partner in a stop-and-search operation in London.
“They (the officers) said there’s a lot of youth violence and stabbings in the area and that the car looked very suspicious,” she told BBC radio.
“That is false. We were never on the wrong side of the road. We were driving down through single-width roads.” Williams, 26, said her partner, Portuguese sprinter Ricardo dos Santos, had been stopped by police about 10 times, pinning the blame on racism.
“We are planning on taking it down the legal route,” she said.
“I feel very hurt by their actions… It’s an awful experience.” Footage of the incident was shared widely on Twitter after being posted by their coach, Britain’s former Olympic champion Linford Christie.
The video was captioned: “Racist police aren’t just in America”.
“Due to the concern raised, we conducted a review of the stop. This included social media footage and body-worn camera footage of the officers at the scene.
“We are satisfied that there are no misconduct issues.”