For the second time in two years, professional sprinter Ricardo Dos Santos says he was racially profiled by the police. The latest incident occurred last Saturday night.

Seven armed police officers stopped Dos Santos as he was driving home in London, United Kingdom. In a series of tweets, which includes video footage, he explains the incident.

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Dos Santos, a 400-meter specialist, competed for Portugal at the Olympics last summer in Toyko. He is the Portuguese national record holder in the 400 meters, with a 45.14 in 2018.

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“Not surprised I had to go through this again,” Dos Santos said in the tweets. “Whilst driving home last night 7 armed @metpoliceuk stopped me because they thought I was on my phone whilst driving. At their request I pulled over when safe to do so.

“After I stopped two officers ran towards either side of the car, one fist clenched banged on my window and tried opening the car door. Not knowing how to use a Tesla handle he took out his baton out of frustration ready to smash the glass.

“Annoyed that 2 years down nothing has changed but they still manage to over police.. why do 7 armed officers need to be present when I was alone. 2 or 3 max would of been enough.”

On Sunday, the Westminster Metropolitan Police force released a statement on the incident. stating Dos Santos did not immediately pull over for officers.

“We are aware of footage on social media showing part of a stop on a car. At about 04.00hours on Sunday, 14 August, armed officers were on routine patrol in a marked police vehicle. They saw a car travelling eastbound on the A40 Westway and were concerned the driver may be using a mobile phone at the wheel.

“The officers clearly indicated for the car to pull over but it failed to do so and they called for further assistance,” the statement continued. “The driver stopped about five minutes later in Orsett Terrace W2, and the officers spoke to him about why they wanted to stop the vehicle.”

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In 2020, Dos Santos and his partner, Bianca Williams, who’s also a sprinter that represents Great Britain, were stopped and handcuffed by the police in front of their three-month-old baby.

In April, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), a police watchdog, said that the officers involved would face a gross misconduct disciplinary hearing over the incident.

Dos Santos replied to the Westminster police on Twitter on Sunday, indicating that he did not include all the footage he had, and the rest would be with his lawyer. Per the police, the matter has been record “as a public complaint” and once again referred to the IOPC.

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