‘I honestly feel like this is prejudiced’: Black man records stop by police despite not being deemed a threat

NewsflarePublished: August 9, 2018Updated: August 10, 2018
Published: August 9, 2018Updated: August 10, 2018

A black man filmed his encounter with a police officer who stopped him at Paddington Station in London despite not being deemed a threat.

In the video, a man is seen recording his encounter with the police officer on August 8.

“Can you please tell me why you’re stopping me please?” the man asks.


“I already explained to you everything and if you want footage of that, it’s all recorded,” the officer says. “You are being stopped to account for your presence in this station.”

The man then points the camera at himself and says, “You guys know me very well. Very, very well. I’m being stopped on the account of what? I’ve been flagged up, so in the presence of what — where are we? — in Paddington. Am I deemed as a threat? Do you classify me as …”

“I’ve never seen you as a threat,” the officer replies. “You’re not a threat. We’re just asking you to account for your presence and your behavior at this station.”

“So I need to account — a whole me — need to account for my presence at Paddington Station? Why? Because I’ve been flagged up. There’s so many people in Paddington Station, I’m the only one that’s been flagged up.”

“I come to Paddington Station all the time,” the man says later in the video. “This has never happened to me before, and I do feel like this is prejudiced. I honestly feel like this is prejudiced.”

The man then turns to the officer and asks, “Would you say this is prejudiced?”

“You know full well it’s not,” the officer replies as he shrugs his shoulders. “Well, what basis would it be? I mean, really?”

“Wow,” the man says in response.

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