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Bradford City footballer handcuffed during stop-and-search

A League Two footballer is considering taking legal action against police after he was pulled over by officers and handcuffed while driving his girlfriend to the shops. 

Ben Richards-Everton, who plays for Bradford City, was stopped by West Midlands Police while driving his new Range Rover through Sutton Coldfield last month.

Richards-Everton’s girlfriend filmed the incident who asked why he was being handcuffed or why an officer was pointing a Taser at him. 

This is the moment  Bristol City footballer Ben Richards-Everton, right, had a Taser drawn on him during a stop and search in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands

The officer, right, warned Richards-Everton, left, that he was going to be handcuffed during the search

The officer, right, warned Richards-Everton, left, that he was going to be handcuffed during the search

West Midlands Police claimed there was intelligence associated with the car's number plate

West Midlands Police claimed there was intelligence associated with the car’s number plate

According to the BBC, West Midlands Police claimed the number plate of his car triggered an alert which linked the vehicle to drug dealing and firearms offences.  

The defender said he had purchased the Range Rover from a reputable car dealer and he had only owned it for three weeks. 

During the video, the footballer is heard questioning the reason he was pulled over. He said it was ‘disgraceful… when I’m fully legal? What cos I got a nice car?

‘You pointing a Taser at me?’

A spokesperson said: ‘Nothing was found in the car and it’s now thought that the number plates, which sparked the suspicion, are cloned.

‘Given the intelligence around potential firearms one of the officers drew a Taser. It was put away shortly after without being used.’ 

Richards-Evans said he is considering making a formal complaint against West Midlands Police.  

The police watchdog is launching a probe into whether officers across England and Wales racially discriminate against ethnic minorities.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) review will focus on the use of force and stop and search amid tensions over the police’s handling of recent cases that have been caught on camera.

Mr Richards-Everton, pictured, told officers that his car was 'fully legal'

Mr Richards-Everton, pictured, told officers that his car was ‘fully legal’ 

Ben Richards-Everton, pictured, said he is considering taking action against West Midlands Police after he was handcuffed while he was stopped and searched in Sutton Coldfield last month

Ben Richards-Everton, pictured, said he is considering taking action against West Midlands Police after he was handcuffed while he was stopped and searched in Sutton Coldfield last month

British sprinter Bianca Williams was stopped and searched by police on July 4 outside her home. Police pulled over the Mercedes and took Ms Williams and her partner Ricardo dos Santos. The couple were travelling with their infant son

British sprinter Bianca Williams was stopped and searched by police on July 4 outside her home. Police pulled over the Mercedes and took Ms Williams and her partner Ricardo dos Santos. The couple were travelling with their infant son

IOPC director general Michael Lockwood said a review will be launched in the coming months, with a race discrimination focus ‘to establish the trends and patterns which might help drive real change in policing practice’.

He said: ‘Evidence of disproportionality in the use of police powers has long been a concern which impacts on confidence in policing, particularly in the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities.

‘But even with the numbers and the statistics, particularly from stop and search data, we still need to better understand the causes and what can and should be done to address this.

‘In the coming months, we will be launching race discrimination as a thematic area of focus to establish the trends and patterns which might help drive real change in policing practice.

‘Thematic case selection involves independently investigating more cases where racial discrimination may be a factor in order to develop a body of evidence to identify systemic issues which should be addressed.’

It comes after Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick apologised to athlete Bianca Williams for the ‘distress’ caused by a stop and search.

A video of the incident, which saw the Great Britain sprinter and her partner Ricardo dos Santos pulled from their car in a London street, was posted online by former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie.

Mr Lockwood, who noted the IOPC only sees a small number of cases where discrimination is alleged, said: ‘Initially we will focus on investigating more cases where there is an indication that disproportionality impacts the BAME community, including stop and search and use of force.

‘We will also be investigating more cases where victims from BAME communities have felt unfairly treated by the police.’

This could include whether the police are treating allegations of hate crime from BAME people seriously, and if there are cases where they are failing to treat them as victims of crime.

The Guardian reports that the Met receives more than 250 complaints alleging racism on average each year, and less than one per cent are upheld.

Mr Lockwood added: ‘Increasing our focus on investigating cases where racial discrimination may be a factor means we will be able to really look at these encounters between the police and the public to identify any emerging themes. We can than see if there is a need to change policing policy or practice.

‘This is about identifying where we are seeing good and bad practice, and where there are then opportunities to drive real learning and change.

‘We know this is an issue of community concern. Our police forces can only police effectively with the trust and confidence of the community they serve.’

MailOnline has approached West Midlands Police for a comment.  

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