SUNDAY MERCURY, FEBRUARY 11, 2001
COURT AGAIN ... Driver Carl Josephs
|POLICE TO COURT|
been stopped 10 times since last legal row
| By James Cartledge, Evening Mail
A black driver at the centre of an 11 year "police victimisation" row has seen four more motoring charges thrown out of court.
Magistrates took less than a minute to dismiss the latest allegations against 33-year-old actor and DJ Carl Josephs.
He claims to have been stopped by police 56 times since 1993 because of his colour and has even handed his driving documents to the West Midlands force in protest at his alleged treatment.
Charges of having no insurance and MoT, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and failing to stop for police were dismissed when no evidence was offered against him.
Speaking after yesterday's case at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Mr Josephs, of Sundew Croft, Bromford Bridge, said his time and taxpayers' money had been wasted on a "futile" prosecution.
He said: "I didn't even have time to take my coat off because the charges were dismissed so quickly.
"In a way I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to defending myself and testing the evidence against me."
No evidence was offered against Mr Josephs because two police officers failed to attend court to testify against him after he was pulled over on the Bristol Road in March.
West Midlands Police has always denied officers have harassed Mr Josephs.
A force spokesman said: "If Mr Josephs has any concerns about West Midlands Police he is more than welcome to discuss them with an officer."
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