Bennett, 47, who worked in intensive care moves as a locum to nurse nurse Covid-19 patients, quashed a police obstruction conviction that night. Now she intends to bring civil action against the Metropolitan police for unlawful arrest, assault, battery, forcible confinement and malicious prosecution.
His case comes amid heightened concerns over black police, and UK protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Bennett is now so scared that she installed cameras in her car. She said, “I feel the need to protect myself from the police more than anything else like a black person in London.”
Just after midnight on April 4, 2019, Bennett was dropped off a friend in Wandsworth, south west London, on his way home after a day of nursing maj and watching his father perform in an open mic music of the night. A police car pulled up to a stop in front of them.
Bodycam footage from Bennett shows officers on either side of the car. There is a knock on his door to raise concerns that he in front of the windows is illegally tinted. (Court documents later established that they were within the legal limit.) When Bennett tells the agent that she is afraid, he says, “I don’t believe so, because you are talking to the agents from police.” He tells her that he believes she is hiding stolen goods.
The officer explains that she is in detention for the purpose of carrying out a search and that by failing to remove him from the care that she obstructs the search. He promises that a female colleague will be looking for her.
When Bennett refuses to wind down the window or go out, and later says that she is to call a lawyer to verify legal research “because that’s what you do for the black people”, it replies, “You’re really starting to annoy me.” She insists, “I don’t know what I did wrong.”
In a minute, the film shows, he threatens: “Open the door or the windows are going to go.”. Six minutes later, he and a colleague pulled her out of the car, according to the police report.
An official police investigation found no fault on the part of the leaders.
Agents searched for Bennett’s car, but found nothing. “They kept saying to each other,” This is not the bill, “said Bennett. “It’s like I’m not editing the story they had. Regardless of my innocence, they will continue the process. ”
A consultant psychiatrist of the note says Bennett was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder from a serious house fire and is likely to have been unable to comply with police instructions because she was in experiencing a severe panic attack. Bennett said, “All the way through I kept telling police officers that I was experiencing chest pain and palpitations.”
The panic was worse when she was kept overnight in a police cell. She was released in the late afternoon the next day and remains traumatized. “In fact I got wet in the cell. I don’t like telling people if it makes people understand, “she said. The met confirmed none of the officers were sanctioned for their role in Bennett’s arrest.
Bennett invented a device called the Neo-Slip, which is used by the NHS to apply deep vein thrombosis to the stockings, and was featured in the show Dragons ’Den. She said, “You feel that no matter what I do, no matter what price I receive, I pay taxes, I run a business… but regardless of what they see me as a black person . ”
The Met Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said the force is no longer institutionally racist. Bennett is skeptical, saying, “You can’t change something if you recognize it.”
She believes that her experience illustrates the difficulties faced by black people once they are in the justice system. She was found guilty at Wimbledon court officials in September of resisting / obstructing a police officer and says she is worried about racism education, all in white bench. “Even in the yard, I never said,” It’s because I’m a black person, “out of fear of their thinking: she has a flea on her shoulder.”
After she appealed, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dropped the case, wiping out her criminal conviction.
Bennett’s damaged experience of work and health. She was suspended from her duties a month after her conviction, before being reinstated later suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress.
His lawyer, Ann Tayo, said: “This is the way we treat our NHS. She does so well, she has great ideas that are helping people save lives, but someone who knows nothing about her background has chosen to treat her negatively simply because of the color of his skin. ”
A spokesperson said: “We are aware of the decision of the PSC not to continue hearing the appeal. The southwest of the team’s professional standards unit base command is currently assessing a complaint regarding this incident. Due to the complaint, we cannot go into further detail at this time. ” A unit commander connected Bennett with the local police independent chairman of the group to discuss his experiences with the police, the gendarmerie said.