A police officer who pulled over a black man driving a Bentley and told him black people in “gangster-style clothing” were more likely to be the targets of similar stops was guilty of no more than clumsy language, according to the police watchdog.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said that while the officer’s comments could have constituted misconduct, they were not made maliciously and came in the context of what it characterised as a lengthy, good-natured exchange during an appropriate traffic stop.
After pulling over DMO Deejay near Piccadilly in central London in January, the Metropolitan police officer told him: “This isn’t racist, it’s a fact. Predominantly, the criminal profile of people who [commit robberies in the area] are black people.
“So, naturally, if you see a car full of black lads, maybe dressed in gangster-style clothing or whatever, when they’re driving down there, they’re getting stopped.”