Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders wrote a letter to The Guardian, condemning an incident of racial profiling she witnessed by London police. "On Saturday I saw an incident that illustrates how out of touch the police in London have become," she writes. "They pulled over a couple, made them step out of their car and were handcuffing them, surrounded by nine officers. The couple’s baby was left unattended in their car. No prizes given for guessing that the couple were black."
"The incident was disturbing and aggressive," she continues, "and the police van remained parked there for over an hour. The couple were innocent of whatever charges they were suspected of and were eventually let go."
The incident she witnessed involved two Black athletes trained by former Great Britian Olympic champion Linford Christie, as The Guardian reports. Christie posted video of the incident on Twitter with the caption "Racist police aren't just in America #BLM."
"Can Cressida Dick or anyone please explain to me what justification the Met Police officers had in assaulting the driver, taking a mother away from her baby all without one piece of PPE and then calling the sniffer dog unit to check the car over,” Christie wrote in another Tweet.
Police deny any allegations of misconduct, according to The Guardian.
Hynde's letter, meanwhile, goes on to point out what she describes as a "surge of violence in the area over the past five years" which she blames on gangs. "For years there has been no protection at all on the streets and now hordes of police are pulling over innocent citizens and causing real distress for no reason," she writes. "Can the police get their house in order and start patrolling the gangs, and leave parents to do their shopping?"
Read her letter in full on The Guardian.