Their control room relayed a description of the suspect as a white man wearing a light green jacket, blue jeans, flat cap and a black rucksack, saying he was standing in front of an off-licence.Shortly afterwards Mr Okorodudu, who was black and wearing a grey jacket, rode up to a group of cycle couriers who were standing near the suspect on his own white bike.
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“Mr Okorodudu has since received damages for his ordeal but the apology from the police was half-hearted to say the least.
“What is equally concerning is that the police’s own investigation concluded that the officers had done nothing wrong.
The pair were questioned on suspicion of assault and later bailed pending further investigation.
Mr Mayrick added: “I’m proud of the fact that I’m gay, I would never want to change. “But at the time I thought if I don’t apologise I don’t know what’s going to happen.” LGBT charity Stonewall called for a review of hate crime laws following the incident.
“I said that’s absolutely not going to happen, that’s not who I am.
But he got me so tight round the neck that if I didn’t say something I wouldn’t have been able to breathe.
They also said they did not know the suspect’s ethnicity, despite knowing the details of his clothing and officers in the control room said all details had been given over the radio.
“It is difficult to accept that there were reasonable grounds for the arrest as Mr Okorodudu was of a different ethnicity, had a different colour jacket on and also had a white bike,” the IOPC said.
Mr Mayrick, president of the LGBT society at Ravensbourne design and digital media college in Greenwich, said: “We’d got a bit of glitter on and they obviously didn’t like that.