Dawn Butler says she received ‘uptick in abuse’ after Met defended car stop

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Labour MP Dawn Butler has claimed she received increased abuse after the Metropolitan Police defended officers who stopped her car in east London.

Butler claimed she had been racially profiled after officers in Hackney pulled her and a black friend over in error on 9 August.

Following the controversy, the Met’s deputy commissioner Steve House complained officers faced “trial by social media” following the stop in Hackney.

He said in a statement on 12 August: “The officers in this case came into work on Sunday to keep Londoners safe.

“Officers expect to be scrutinised and there are existing, appropriate and proportionate processes for making complaints and for facts to be established, and on the occasions where there is fault – unlike this case – for consequences to follow.”

On 14 August, the Brent MP claimed she had received an “uptick” in abuse following House’s comments, and corrected inaccurate claims that the person in the car with her was white.

Butler said she had spoken with commissioner Cressida Dick who “confirmed that the Met will indeed corroborate that the driver is a black male”.

She added that during the meeting she had “made it very clear to Commissioner Dick that we need to see reforms to stop-and-search law”.

Butler said the pair have planned a meeting with “organisations and leaders in the field” to improve the system, and also agreed that the MP will visit the Met’s training centre “to experience first-hand the training the Met gives it officers”.

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    1. And where is the outrage from Starmer? Say boo to a Zionist and you’re a racist. A Labour MP is stopped by the police for no reason (except of course being black) and the jelly-spined leader has nothing to say. Starmer isn’t a campaigning anti-racist. Corbyn is. Starmer is a dutiful careerist polishing his overblown ego in the mirror of his self-regarding go-getting. BAME folk are the real victims of racism in the UK. All the polls on the matter show anti-Semitism at a very low level. Take any measure you like: income, educational achievement, job status, wealth, home ownership, longevity, influence, and UK Jews are doing well. Good for them. But why is Starmer in a funk over specious claims of anti-Semitism and as limp as a sloth over the obvious and real racism?

      1. I suspect we know he answer. He appears afraid to challenge the establishment beyond a certain point – the point that begins to upset them. I imagine also that Starmer is wary of the apparently hesitant publication of the Tory Report into Labour Antisemitism. I agree we need more outrage from opposition over racism issues in general. I just don’t see the real passion there.

        1. The family of Charles de Menezes would agree. Starmer takes advice (or instructions) from a Tory supporter who attended a far-right racist march through Occupied Jerusalem in 2017 under the banner “Death to the Arabs.”
          Dawn Butler is the wrong race for the “new” Labour Party. As with Dianne Abbot, any level of abuse is excused, denied or ignored. You have to be an entitled, wealthy white supporter of Israel Apartheid to receive support. And even police protection.

        1. For someone being ‘racially profiled’ Dawn looks extremely happy, almost as if all her Christmas’s had arrived at once.
          And as the expensive car in which she was being driven had vulgar and totally naff tinted windows then how on earth were the cops to know that she was black anyway? Maybe she were stopped for having poor tast, which let’s be honest would’ve be a fair cop if ever there was one.

          1. Poor taste – a thought crime if ever there was one! Is it possible for the police to know the name and address of a person just from the number plate? Perhaps it was merely an unfortunate incident that resulted from the lack of facilities available to our unblemished police forces? Your awareness of details concerning the vehicle involved is intriguing and if ‘vulgar and naff’ taste is to be a policing issue the Ukanian security services may not be able to cope.

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