.css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Two innocent brothers wrongly suspected of drug dealing after being seen “fist bumping” have begun legal proceedings against the Metropolitan Police.

Liam and Dijon Joseph were detained by officers in Deptford, south-east London, who suspected they had exchanged drugs while touching fists.

A video of the incident was shared widely on social media.

The brothers, who are black, say they believe they were targeted because of the colour of their skin.

Lawyers for the pair say they have sued the Met for discrimination, assault and false imprisonment.

Previously, the .css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link{color:#3F3F42;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{font-weight:bolder;border-bottom:1px solid #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{border-bottom-color:currentcolor;border-bottom-width:2px;color:#B80000;}@supports (text-underline-offset:0.25em){.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited{border-bottom:none;-webkit-text-decoration:underline #BABABA;text-decoration:underline #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:1px;text-decoration-thickness:1px;-webkit-text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-underline-offset:0.25em;}.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-yidnqd-InlineLink:visited:focus{-webkit-text-decoration-color:currentcolor;text-decoration-color:currentcolor;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:2px;text-decoration-thickness:2px;color:#B80000;}}brothers told the BBC that one officer restrained Liam, while a second rifled his pockets and – despite finding nothing illegal – took his keys and searched his car.

Dijon said: “It just seemed like a typical case of profiling.

“I felt demonised, I felt penalised, I felt criminalised. It’s not just our own perceptions, it’s the perception of our community.”

On Tuesday the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published 11 recommendations from a review into stop-and-searches in London – all of which were accepted by the Met.

The brother’s lawyer Carolynn Gallwey said the IOPC had been investigating the motives of the officers who stopped them but found there was “not enough evidence to say it was discrimination”.

A statement added: “After the IOPC complaint failed we approached the Equality & Human Rights Commission for help in bringing a case – they refused.

“We asked the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [Dame Cressida Dick] to admit discrimination under the Equality Act and they too refused.

“Having exhausted all other options we have today started civil proceedings at court against the Metropolitan Police for discrimination, assault and false imprisonment.

“It remains our hope in doing so that the police and all the systems surrounding them will learn from our experience; change is past due.”

The Met Police and IOPC have both been approached for comment.

.css-gw44ni-IconContainer{display:inline-block;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}play.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:”;position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Two brothers went viral after being detained following a fist bump

Black men ‘stopped and searched by Met over fist bump’

Met Police ‘use force more often’ against black people

Spurs move top of the league with Stamford Bridge stalemate

Two thought experiments that may shock you Stephanie Yang City of London Freemen

Mourinho: Tottenham ‘pony’ among thoroughbreds in title race

From Christmas carols to nativity plays: Here’s how to have a Covid-secure December

The Glory of Greenwich- Elise Gregory Darrick Wood Sixth Form

Jailed in November: SE London criminals put behind bars

Information about BBC links to other news sites

Ethiopia hospital ‘struggles’ in wake of fighting

The main hospital in Tigray’s capital is low on painkillers and body bags, the Red Cross says.

Maradona’s doctor investigated over ‘manslaughter’

What’s happened to the mysterious metal monolith?

Santa’s Grottos can open in new Christmas guidance

‘Did air pollution kill my daughter?’

The harm done by ‘funny’ anti-vaccine memes

The popstar and the rescue of a lonely elephant. VideoThe popstar and the rescue of a lonely elephant

Gary Barlow: ‘I’m not as confident as I was at 21’

Who is the real Leroy Logan?

Covid and schools: ‘Kids know things aren’t right’

‘I think about the London Bridge attack every day’

When does lockdown actually end? And other questions

‘I didn’t know other LGBT Muslims existed’ Video’I didn’t know other LGBT Muslims existed’

.css-orcmk8-HeadlineContainer{display:-webkit-box;display:-webkit-flex;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex;-webkit-box-pack:justify;-webkit-justify-content:space-between;-ms-flex-pack:justify;justify-content:space-between;}Diego Maradona: Police raid house and clinic of doctor.css-1dedj2h-Rank{-webkit-align-self:center;-ms-flex-item-align:center;align-self:center;color:#B80000;margin-left:3.125rem;}1

Utah monolith: Has the mysterious metal object disappeared?2

Sydney records hottest November night on record3

The Crown should carry fiction warning, says culture secretary4

Dozens of farm workers killed in ‘insane’ Nigeria attack5

Canada bans mass exports of prescription drugs6

Romain Grosjean: Haas driver suffers burns after huge Bahrain GP crash and fire7

Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Mekelle hospital struggling after attack – Red Cross8

Swiss vote to reject Responsible Business Initiative9

Dave Prowse: Darth Vader actor dies aged 8510

© 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. .css-8h1dth-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-8h1dth-Link:hover,.css-8h1dth-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking.

Spread the love

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.