Bennett is now so frightened that she has installed cameras in her car. She said: “I feel I have to protect myself from the police more than anything else as a black person in London.”Really?!
Is it the police stabbing black youths on the streets, then, or is it other black youths?
Are the police carrying out vicious muggings and rapes, or is it people who are the same colour as her?
All the police are doing is their job. And facing the usual battle from people who think they shouldn't have to comply.
When Bennett refuses to wind down the window or get out, and later says she is calling a lawyer to check the search is legal “because this is what you’re doing to black people”, he replies: “You’re really starting to annoy me.”You're not the only one, chum!
She insists: “I don’t know what I’ve done wrong.” Within a minute, the footage shows, he threatens: “Open the door or the windows are going to go in.” Six minutes later he and a colleague pulled her from the car, according to the police report.
An official police investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of officers.Quite so. What are the police supposed to do when someone objects to being stopped? Just shrug and say 'OK then'?
When police officers stopped Neomi Bennett late at night, they did not know anything about her – including that she had been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to nursing, and invited to Downing Street in recognition of her work. In her opinion, they simply saw a black woman sitting in a car...Quite so, again. Are BEM holders sacrosanct, and people who have visited 10 Downing Street to be considered off limits? In a country where a sitting MP was a wrong 'un with a criminal record?
Now she intends to bring a civil claim against the Metropolitan police for wrongful arrest, assault, battery, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.Of course she does. She sees the compo train rollin', she ridin'!
She believes her experience illustrates the challenges faced by black people once they are in the justice system. She was found guilty at Wimbledon magistrates court in September of resisting/obstructing a constable and says she worried about bringing up racism to an all-white bench.
“Even in court I never once said: ‘This is because I’m a black person,’ for fear of them thinking: she’s got a chip on her shoulder.”Now, who'd think that?