A black man in London was stopped and questioned by a police officer for seemingly no reason, and he recorded the encounter and posted it on Twitter, the BBC reports.
Samuel Eni, 28, said he was stopped by a police officer, who is white, as he was leaving a supermarket at Paddington train station and asked to explain what he was doing.
Eni, who hadn’t committed any violation, said he wasn’t searched but was told by the officer that he needed to “account for his presence” there.
He filmed the incident and posted it on social media. “So today this happened to me it’s called ‘Stop and Accounting’ now under the law the police don’t have the power to force you stay but this situation was different,” Eni wrote. “This is completely racial profiling, stereotyping, and prejudice.”
So today this happened to me it’s called “Stop and Accounting” now under the law the police don’t have the power to force you stay but this situation was different. This is completely racial profiling, stereotyping, and prejudice. pic.twitter.com/NegWk0VufH
— Samuel Eni (@SamuelEnii) August 8, 2018
The incident highlighted the British law enforcement’s legal authority to question individuals at random and demand people to tell them of their plans.
Cops can’t technically arrest somebody for no reason, but the element of intimidation is significant and the practice opens itself to racial profiling. “I felt like that’s something they could take advantage of,” Eni told the BBC.