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Choice FM presenter to launch police action

ACTION: DJ E-Plus says black people who are stopped and searched need to speak up.

A TOP radio presenter is taking action after police officers stopped and searched him, claiming that he smelt of drugs.

Choice FM’s DJ E-Plus told The Voice that police pulled him over and searched him and his vehicle last month while he was driving to the central London-based office where he works.

He said that when he asked the officers why he was being pulled over one told him, ‘because you smell of drugs’.

DJ E-Plus said: “I was shocked when he said this. I told the officers that I’m not a drug dealer. I don’t sell drugs. My friends aren’t into that world.”

APOLOGY

After being searched, he asked the officers whether he would receive an apology after his ordeal, but was given a “blank face look”.

He then asked for their officer numbers and the search slip, which he said took them by surprise.
Now the ex-gospel choir singer is planning to make an official complaint to the borough commander and is encouraging others who have had a similar experience to do the same.


CONTROVERSIAL: Stop and search

“Being stopped and searched because of stereotypes based on race or dress code, such as wearing a hooded-top is something that needs to be addressed,” he said. “It’s boring now. It’s played out (and) they just need to stop it.”

STATISTICS

The radio personality referred to statistics which show that less than three percent of black males get arrested after being stopped and searched.

“The 97 percent needs to start doing something,” he urged. “We need to complain. If enough people complain it will have to stop. Rather than walk away feeling discriminated against after being stopped and searched, young black males should take action.”

After recently welcoming a new baby into his family, the 34-year-old said he wants to exercise his right to go about his business without being seen as a suspect.

“[I don’t want] to feel like I’m a criminal when I am not,” he said.

When The Voice contacted the Met Police, they refused to comment on DJ E-Plus’ case. However they defended their stop and search policy.

A Met spokesperson said: “Stop and Search is an important policing tactic and deterrent to prevent crime. The MPS accepts there are disparities in the use of stop and search. To address concerns the MPS is working on increasing our feedback on disproportionately affected groups, such as young people.”

DJ E-Plus’ case follows that of another Choice FM presenter Eddie Kadi. In May, Kadi told The Voice that 20 armed police officers stopped and searched him outside a school in south east London, just after he had finished giving a talk on gun crime. The 29-year-old has since complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who are currently investigating the incident.

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