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Bradford player demands answers as he’s handcuffed by police

A Bradford City player demands answers after he’s stopped by police and video recorded getting handcuffed by officers during a search.

His vehicle was flagged up with warning markers for drugs and firearms before things turned drastic quickly.

Ben Richards-Everton, who plays as a central defender for the League Two side, was confronted by officers as he departed a shop in the area of Sutton Coldfield.

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In a video filmed by his girlfriend, he can be seen asking why he is being handcuffed and why an officer is holding a Taser.

He can be heard saying: “With what’s going on right now, you’re doing this to me?

“When I’m fully legal? What cos I got a nice car?

“You pointing a Taser at me?”

“I didn’t point it at you. It was out but it wasn’t pointing at you,” the officer replies.

Richards-Everton says: “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.”

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police has responded to what happen during the incident.

“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 24 June.

“The driver was detained while officers carried out a search of the car.

West Midlands Police said they detained the car driver while officers carried out a search as the number plate flagged up warning markers for drugs and firearms.

“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,” they said.

Mr Richards-Everton has spoke with the BBC, stating that he had had the car for three weeks when the incident happened back in June.

He says it was bought from a reputable firm, but now he’s left considering making a formal complaint against the police.

RICHARDS-EVERTON’S CAREER:

2009–2010 – Romulus
2010–2011 – Cradley Town
2011–2013 – Hinckley United
2011 → Sutton Coldfield Town (loan)
2011 → Rushall Olympic (loan)
2011 → Romulus (loan)
2013–2014 – Tamworth
2014–2015 – Partick Thistle
2014–2015 → Airdrieonians (loan)
2015–2017 – Dunfermline Athletic
2017–2019 – Accrington Stanley
2019– Bradford City

Richards-Everton was a consistent starter for Dunfermline, who at the time, was managed by Allan Johnston, making appearances in all but two of the Pars League One 2015-16 winning campaign.

In November 2013, Richards-Everton was called up to the England C squad, to face a Latvia under-23 side. His international career unfortunately didn’t go any further.

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