Colin Salmon claims he was targeted for stop and search
Screen and TV actor Colin Salmon has also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing. Picture: BBC
Colin Salmon, the actor who has appeared in three of the James Bond films, has made an official complaint to the Met after his son was stopped by police near Shepherd’s Bush market last Tuesday (5 October).
According to 58-year-old Mr Salmon his son was pulled from his bike after allegedly not stopping at a red light at around 8.30am and subjected to an ‘emasculating’ stop and search and given a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice . It is further claimed that six other cyclists who committed the same offence at the same time were not stopped including one middle-aged woman who told officers ‘I don’t have time for this’ and cycled away without any consequences.
Mr Salmon said on Twitter, “The policeman who stopped my son could have been Priti’s son. He came out from the side grabbed his arm nearly pulling him off his bike at a slow pace. Son doesn’t know who exclaims WTF turns see officer.”
His son apologised for swearing once he realised he had been stopped by a police officer but was told to stand against a wall. He asked why he had been singled out for stopping as, unlike other cyclists at the same time, he had waited until pedestrians had crossed. He was asked if he had been arrested before and his ID was taken out of his wallet and the details recorded. According to his father he was cycling to pick up a computer to work from home so he could support his mother who was going into hospital for a difficult surgery the following day.
It’s humiliating, aggressive and if you resist in anyway & it gets out of hand you’re in deep. It’s emasculating and traumatising & there in lies the sorry tale of our over representation in the justice system. It often begins like this. Ask my other son when he was 11 year old. https://t.co/gKlvSBlJLl— Colin Salmon (@colinsalmon24) October 5, 2021
He said, "We will be taking this further because we have to make sure the officer at least thinks twice, and out of respect for all those in the service who work tirelessly to build trust and cohesion."
The Met have not responded to requests for comment on the incident.
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October 11, 2021