Labour’s Dawn Butler has accused the police of racially profiling her after she was pulled over while driving in East London.
The MP for Brent Central tweeted: ‘I JUST GOT STOPPED BY THE POLICE DRIVING THROUGH HACKNEY… MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW. I recorded the whole incident.’
Ms Butler, Parliament’s third black female MP, later released footage of her heated confrontation with officers.
While the uniformed constables stand outside her car, she tells them through the window: ‘I’ve been doing a lot of work with the police on stop and search, and how the police are stop and searching, and actually the way you do it and the way you profile is wrong.
‘Because what you do is, you create an environment where you create animosity.
‘And it’s irritating because you cannot drive around on a Sunday afternoon whilst black because you’re going to be stopped by the police.’
A Met chief superintendent confirmed there had been a police stop and that the MP had expressed her ‘concerns’.
It comes after Ms Butler yesterday called for Scotland Yard commissioner Cressida Dick to resign for failing to extinguish ‘institutional racism’ from the force.
Labour’s Dawn Butler has railed on social media after being pulled over by police in East London
Chief Superintendent Roy Smith said: ‘I’ve just spoken with Dawn Butler by phone.
‘She has given me a very balanced account of the incident. She was positive about one officer and gave feedback on others & the stop.
‘We are listening to those concerns and Dawn is quite entitled to raise them.’
Although it is not clear what happened, friends of Ms Butler rallied around her.
Kate Osamor MP, who sits alongside her on the Labour backbenches, replied: ‘Hope you’re ok?’
Ms Butler, who served as Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow minister for women and equalities, yesterday hit out at Metropolitan Police officers who rubbished the notion children should be invulnerable to arrest.
In a scathing rebuke, she tweeted: ‘The problem is you are arresting children going for a bike ride or going to the shops for a loaf of bread.
‘Not all African-Caribbean boys should be viewed as criminals! I should be surprised the police liked this but sadly I’m not.’
And in an article published yesterday, she called on Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick to resign for failing to stamp out ‘institutional racism’ within her ranks.
She wrote in Metro: ‘In case anyone doubts the experiences of people of colour, the statistics are stark.
‘The Met are four times more likely to use force on Black people. They have stopped and searched the equivalent of one in four young black men in London during lockdown.’
She added: ‘At this most pivotal time the commissioner thought it appropriate to say that “institutionally racist” is not a “useful way to describe” the force, which is not only unhelpful but offensive.
‘It is quite telling. Cressida Dick appears to be incapable of tackling this long-known problem, and incapable of showing solidarity with those people who suffer from it the most, so she should resign.’
The Metropolitan Police said it is looking into the episode and Ms Butler could not be reached.