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Elliot Gold acts for Director General in Olympic athlete police misconduct case

13th November 2023

The Independent Office for Police Conduct brought a misconduct case against five police officers involved in a stop-and-search incident involving Olympic athletes Bianca Williams and Ricardo dos Santos. Elliot was instructed to advise and represent the Director General.

Each of the five officers was separately represented. Two officers were dismissed for dishonesty for falsely stating they smelt cannabis. The three other officers were referred for reflective practice review.

This was one of the first cases to involve the use of statistical evidence and police policy documents on racial discrimination within the police and the use of stop of search.

The IOPC statement is here.

News articles include:

Two Met officers sacked over athlete search gross misconduct (BBC)

Met officers sacked for lying in stop and search of black athletes in car (The Guardian)

Metropolitan Police officers sacked for gross misconduct over athletes search (The Standard)

Officers sacked after lying about cannabis smell in sprinter’s car (Daily Telegraph)

Met Police lie about drugs (The Times)

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