Black Man Stopped By London Police For Simply Wearing A Coat
Cops searched his car for drugs and deleted the full video recording of the incident.
March 31, 2022 at 4:31 pm
A Black man in south London who was stopped by police for wearing a coat in warm weather was faced with another encounter with police who stopped him days later to search for drugs, the Independent reports.
Metropolitan Police stopped entrepreneur Eric Boateng-Taylor, 20, because he was “not dressed for the climate,” the Guardian reports. They then pulled him over again as he drove a friend home from dinner at Nandos.
The officers cited Section 60, which allows police to search people for drug misuse without good cause, according to the Independent.
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“I was thinking what is going on, the way they came it was like they’re coming for some big guy. If it was a Section 60 why is it me being stopped,” Boateng-Taylor said, according to the Independent.
“They strip-searched the whole car, checked the bonnet, took the music player out, checked the chairs. They always cuff you when they know how to handle yourself, they want to humiliate you,” he said.
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Boateng-Taylor recorded his interaction with British police authorities. “We are being followed by police right now,” he says in the video.
Moments later, a black police car with flaring blue sirens block his vehicle from the front.
“You see what I’m talking about, you see what I’m talking about,” Boateng-Taylor says.
Officers are heard instructing Boateng-Taylor to calm down as he questions why they stopped him.
“It’s crazy, I don’t know if I’m being targeted because of what I said or because of the color of my skin, I don’t know,” Boateng-Taylor said.
Boateng-Taylor told the Independent that officers handcuffed him, searched his car for drugs and deleted the full video recording of the incident.
“I’m very scared right now,” he said of his feelings after the incident.
Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Hill of the Violent Crime Task Force said his department is reaching out to Boateng-Taylor to discuss the confrontation.
“We understand that there will always be balance to be struck between liberty and safety, and stop and search should always be conducted in a courteous and fair way, with officers explaining the rationale for their actions,” Hill said, according to the Independent.