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Three police officers face disciplinary proceedings over stop and search of black driver

THREE police officers face disciplinary proceedings for potential gross misconduct after a black driver was allegedly racially profiled during a stop-and-search.

A 32-year-old man who was stopped in Lewisham, south-east London, on May 13 last year made an official complaint after he was handcuffed and his car searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Nothing illegal was found, he was not arrested and no further action was taken.

The man complained that he had been racially profiled, racially stereotyped, detained and searched due to his race and appearance, and that when he asked officers to provide their badge numbers and a receipt for the search, they failed to do so.

Watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which began a probe in March, has found that three officers had a gross misconduct case to answer for breaching standards of professional behaviour.

Regional director Sal Naseem said: “Our investigation found evidence indicative of racial bias on the part of one officer and further breaches of standards of professional behaviour by all three.

“They will now have to answer those allegations at a disciplinary hearing which we have directed to be held.”

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