Police told not to use smell of cannabis in stop and search amid racism allegationsPosted by On


Police have been told not to use the smell of cannabis as the sole ground to stop and search people amid racism allegations.

Emmanuel Arthur is the founder of Black Cyclists Network and was on his way back from a group ride when he was stopped at a junction.

In a social media post at the time, he said he was “harassed and humiliated in a public space” after a Metropolitan Police officer said he smelled cannabis.

“I am very annoyed at having to go through such a degrading and humiliating experience,” Mr Arthur wrote. “It seemed to me like a gross abuse of power.”

In footage that was widely shared on social media, Mr Arthur was told to remove his shoes on the pavement as his body and belongings were searched.

He denied possessing drugs and called the stop “ridiculous”. No drugs were found.

Official figures show that black people are 10 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people in England and Wales, but that drugs are less likely to be…

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