Shaun Wallace: The Chase star on the moment he left police officers ‘totally astonished’

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Shaun Wallace, who is a firm fixture on ITV’s quiz show The Chase, spoke candidly about the time he was stopped by the police as he left a court case. The 60-year-old quizmaster, who is of Jamaican descent, discussed the Black Lives Matter movement on Good Morning Britain with Lorraine Kelly this week.

The barrister opened up about his own experiences of being racially profiled following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was apprehended by officers in the United States.

His death has sparked global protests with demonstrations calling for lawmakers to enforce change.

The Chase star and barrister opened up on his own experience of being racially profiled by the police in the UK.

Shaun recalled the moment he was forced to show officers his barrister’s robe to prove where he had been.

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ITV host Lorraine said: “You still experience racism, the Stop and Search law, all of that, you experienced that.”

Speaking on a video call, Shaun explained: “On two occasions I was coming out of Kingston Crown Court with a solicitor who happened to be white, and I was approached by these plain-clothed police officers.

“They said, ‘You fit the profile of a person who was just involved in a robbery.'”

He continued: “I was simply taken aback and startled, and they said to me, ‘Where were you?’ and I said, ‘I was at Kingston Crown Court’.

Shaun admitted the police officer was “left astonished” after they saw his attire.

“They asked, ‘Well, what were you doing there?’ I said, ‘Well you can look inside my bag, you’ll see what.’

“And when he saw my robes he was totally astonished.”

The quizmaster also detailed the second occasion he was stopped and searched after he left Liverpool Crown Court.

Shaun explained he was approached by plain-clothed officers after stepping off a train.

“On another occasion, I was coming from Liverpool Crown Court and I was just getting off the train at Watford Junction,” The Chase quizzer said.

“Again I was approached by these two plain-clothes police officers and I was a bit startled at why they were coming up to me.

“And again they said the same thing to me.”

Shaun explained that this is something he has dealt with “countless times” growing up as a black man in the UK.

He said: “I have been stopped countless times, not only in my capacity as a barrister, when I was a young boy growing up I used to be stopped countless times.

“But the one thing I will never ever do is give a police officer an excuse to arrest me.”

The Chase Celebrity Special airs tonight on ITV at 6:25pm.

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