THE LEADER of the London Conservatives demanded that the Metropolitan Police releases the body cam tape of Dawn Butler’s alleged “Racist” stop and search in Hackney on Sunday.
Susan Hall in a letter to Cressida Dick wrote: “Police officers shouldn’t have to put up with potentially misleading videos of them being shared online while they do their jobs.”
“The Met should release the Body Worn Camera footage from the Dawn Butler incident so we can see the whole story.”
My letter to Cressida Dick 👇
Police officers shouldn't have to put up with potentially misleading videos of them being shared online while they do their jobs.
The Met should release the Body Worn Camera footage from the Dawn Butler incident so we can see the whole story. pic.twitter.com/rv6v4UjkvP
— Susan Hall AM (@Councillorsuzie) August 10, 2020
The calls came after the accuracy of Dawn Butler’s alleged story was questioned when raw footage of the stop was released on social media and showed a white man driving the car that was stopped.
Some political commentators have accused Ms Butler of doing a “Jussie Smollett” in which a high-profile US actor falsely claimed he was the victim of a race hate crime.
Butler has denied altering the footage telling Sky News: “There was no flipping of the camera” adding that she was “shocked” by some of the “conspiracy theories” being shared online.
One former Police officer called out Butler on Twitter caliming she was “lying to cause racial hatred”
So it Now transpires that In fact the Driver of Vehicle that @DawnButlerBrent has been GOBBING off to Media about was in fact a White Person; Dawns Inference was that it was her that was stopped; I would call this a Disgusting Dirty Big Fat Lie with Intent to cause Racial Hatred!
— Norman Brennan (@NormanBrennan) August 9, 2020
“I would call this a Disgusting Dirty Big Fat Lie with Intent to cause Racial Hatred!” added the alleged Police source.
The MP for Brent Central said police had to “stop associating being black and driving a nice car with crime”.
Butler added: “It’s obviously racial profiling.”
“We know that the police is institutionally racist and what we have to do is weed that out. We have to stop seeing black with crime. We have to stop associating being black and driving a nice car with crime.”
Met Police said in a statement: “Prior to stopping the vehicle, an officer incorrectly entered the registration into a police computer which identified the car as registered to an address in Yorkshire.”
“Upon stopping the vehicle and speaking with the driver, it quickly became apparent that the registration had been entered incorrectly and was registered to the driver in London.”
“Once the mistake was realised the officer sought to explain this to the occupants; they were then allowed on their way.”
“No searches were carried out on any individuals.”
The force said “one of the occupants” had been contacted by a senior officer and they had discussed “subsequent interaction as well as feedback regarding the stop”.
It added: “We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this matter further with the occupants if they wish to do so.”
The Metropolitan Police federation said in a statement to Politicalite: “We are aware of video footage that is circulating on social media this evening following the stopping of a car in Hackney.”
“Our colleagues want to be able to share their Body Worn Video of the incident as a Federation we are calling for this to happen.”