Ricardo Dos Santos: black Olympian pulled over by 7 armed police

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Five police officers are already being investigated for “gross misconduct” for handcuffing the Portuguese sprinter and his partner, Team GB star Bianca Williams, during a stop and search in July 2020.

Met Police have referred themselves to the police watchdog after seven armed officers were deployed to stop Olympic sprinter Ricardo dos Santos in west London.

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This was the second time in just over two years that the Portuguese athlete was stopped without action being taken and the second case referred to the Independent Police Conduct Bureau.

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The couple’s then three-month-old son, Zuri-Li, was in the car at the time, but no weapons or drugs were found and the couple were released.

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Ricardo Dos Santos and partner Bianca Williams were stopped and searched in July 2020. Photo: Getty

Following the latest incident on Sunday morning in Royal Oak, London, Mr Dos Santos said: “Not surprised I had to go through that again.

“Upset that after two years nothing has changed but they still manage to overpower the police.”

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The sprinter, who competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but lives in London with wife Williams, was driving on the A40 at 4am on Sunday (14 August) when police told him to stop.

A police car pulls up in front of Ricardo Dos Santos on the A40 in west London. Credit: Ricardo Dos Santos

“Driving home last night, seven armed Met cops pulled me over thinking I was on my phone while driving,” Mr. Dos Santos wrote on Twitter.

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“At her request, I stopped when it was safe to do so.”

Mr Dos Santos stopped in Orsett Terrace, just off the three lane A road, and footage shows an armed office banging on the window of his Tesla and then pulling his police baton.

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“After I stopped, two officers ran to either side of the car, a clenched fist banged on my window and tried to open the car door,” he said.

“Not knowing how to use a Tesla grip, out of frustration he pulled out his baton, ready to smash the glass,” Mr. Dos Santos then claimed.

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An armed policeman in front of Ricardo dos Santos’ car. Credit: Ricardo dos Santos

In footage filmed from the car, the armed officer can be seen holding the baton outside the door.

Another video shows the armed units surrounding the vehicle.

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The Met said in a statement: “We are aware of footage on social media showing part of a stop at a car.

“At around 4 a.m. on Sunday, August 14, armed officers were in a marked police vehicle on routine patrol.

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“They saw a car traveling eastbound on the A40 Westway and feared the driver might be using a mobile phone at the wheel.

“Officials clearly indicated that the car should stop, but it didn’t and they called for further assistance.

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“The driver stopped at Orsett Terrace about five minutes later and officers spoke to him about why they wanted to stop the vehicle.

“After the conversation, the vehicle was allowed to drive off.

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“We have since contacted the driver via Twitter, inviting him to get in touch with us if he wishes to further discuss the matter.”

Bianca Williams has competed in the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games

In July 2020, Met Police officers stopped Mr Dos Santos and his partner Ms Williams as they were driving through Maida Vale to their west London home.

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Dos Santos was handcuffed and searched for guns and drugs and Williams for guns while their three-month-old son waited in the car.

None were found and the pair were released without arrest.

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In April, five officers, an acting sergeant and four police officers were sent on a disciplinary hearing after the IOPC ruled that they had a case of gross misconduct to answer. If proven, the officers could be fired from the Met.

Police officers involved in handcuffing top athlete Bianca Williams have been charged with gross misconduct. Photo: Getty

Williams said at the time, “I hope this opens the door for the Met to be more honest and reflective about the culture of racism, which is undoubtedly still a reality within the organization.”

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“A clear focus from the IOPC on the issue of racism within the Met is long overdue.”

Now the Met has again contacted the police supervision.

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Scotland Yard said in a statement: “In relation to a vehicle stop in Orsett Terrace on Sunday 14 August we have now opened this matter as a public complaint.

“We have also forwarded it to the Independent Bureau on Police Conduct on a voluntary basis, acknowledging the public interest.

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“We are awaiting their views on how they plan to move this forward.”

An IOPC spokesman said: “We are aware of this matter and the footage released to social media over the weekend and a referral has been received from the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards.

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“We will evaluate the information available to make an informed decision on the extent of our involvement.”

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