A BRADFORD City player says it was “disgraceful” he was handcuffed by police outside a shop near his mother’s home as his car was searched.
Ben Richards-Everton, 28, says he was held in handcuffs by police outside a parade of shops he had just visited for almost 30 minutes.
A video of the incident, filmed by his girlfriend, shows the Bantams centre-back being approached by two police officers, saying they had intelligence that there were drugs and firearms inside his car.
He was then handcuffed in the street, in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, last month outside the shops as officers searched his vehicle.
The footage also shows a Taser being produced by one of the officers, which he denies was meant in the direction of Richards-Everton.
In the video, he accuses one officer of pointing a Taser at him and says it is “disgraceful” what is happening.
“When I’m fully legal? What cos I got a nice car?
“You pointing a Taser at me?”
Richards-Everton adds: “You put me in cuffs for no reason…you hate us cos I’m driving a nice car. Seen yous from a mile off man.”
The video then shows the officers completing their search of Mr Richards-Everton’s car, which fails to produce any firearms or drugs and his girlfriend talking to officers.
A West Midlands Police spokesman confirmed the incident, which took place last month, adding Mr Richards-Everton was released with no further action taken.
The police spokesman said: “Officers on patrol in Sutton Coldfield spotted a car which flagged up with warning markers for drugs and firearms.
“The car parked up and officers approached the driver in Walmsley Road just after 6pm on June 24.
“The driver was detained while officers carried out a search of the car.
“Nothing was found in the car and it’s now thought that the number plates, which sparked the suspicion, are cloned.
“The man was advised of the reason for the search and he was released with no further action.
“Given the intelligence around potential firearms one of the officers drew a Taser. It was put away shortly after without being used.”