A police officer who stopped a DJ driving a Bentley in Piccadilly telling him black people in “gangster-style clothing” were more likely to be stopped has been cleared of intentional racism.
DMO Deejay, 27, who plays weekly at DSTRKT nightclub in Piccadilly, posted a video on YouTube in January of him being stopped while driving the convertible.
The Met officer tells the DJ: “This isn’t racist, it’s a fact. Predominantly, the criminal profile of people who do it are black people.
“So, naturally if you see a car full of black guys, maybe dressed in gangster-style clothing or whatever, when they’re driving down there, they’re getting stopped.”
The video was seen more than 85,000 times and prompted the Independent Police Complaints Commission to launch an investigation.
Today, the IPCC published its findings saying the DJ had decided not to make a formal complaint and did not respond to approaches by IPCC investigators.
The car was stopped after being spotted changing lanes randomly without indicating, with the top down in the early hours of a winter morning.
Checks also revealed that the car was registered to a dealership rather than an individual.
Body-worn police cameras showed the comments seen on YouTube was a small part of a larger exchange, which went on for about 16 minutes, with both the Bentley driver and the officer appearing to behave in a “relaxed, friendly and jovial manner throughout.”
The IPCC concluded there was no evidence the officer’s comments were “intentionally discriminatory or targeted, and he had no history or complaints of discriminatory behaviour in the past.”
The watchdog said: “The lead investigator concluded that the comments made about ‘criminal profiling’ could constitute misconduct, however, in the context of the entire 16 minute conversation, they did not appear to be directed at the man maliciously and the routine stop was appropriate and not motivated by discrimination.”
The officer had already received “management advice” from senior officers and had accepted his language had been clumsy.
The IPCC said had decided there should be no further action.
Operations manager Neil Orbell said: “Footage of this exchange attracted a large amount of attention and prompted the IPCC to launch an independent investigation.
“Body worn camera footage captured the entire exchange between the police officer and his colleagues and two members of the public in the Bentley vehicle.
“The officer recorded commenting on ‘racial profiling’ has accepted his comments were clumsy and could easily be misinterpreted and has admitted he has learned from the episode.”