A Met Police official has criticised the “trial by social media” that officers were subjected to after stopping a car carrying a Labour MP. Former shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler accused the force of racial profiling after the stop on Sunday. She shared footage of the incident on her Twitter account, which has spread widely on social media. Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House defended the officers, who he said “acted professionally and politely”. He said while officers “expect to be scrutinised”, there are “existing, appropriate and proportionate processes” for complaints.