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Quotes on police racism

Issue No. 2141

“I no longer believe the label of instutional racism to be either appropriate or useful [to the Metropolitan Police].”
Scotland Yard Commisioner Sir Paul Stephenson

“A [white] PCSO had ordered a black PCSO to get out of his patrol van and into ‘the black van’ where the claimant and another black PCSO were already sat. After the ejection of [the black] PCSO the van comprised only white PCSOs.”
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Asad Saeed’s claim of racism at Belgravia police station. Saeed was sacked after being falsely accused of beating up a homeless man

“The claimant reported that there was an ‘apartheid’ culture amongst the PCSOs at Belgravia.”
Asad Saeed’s claim

“When we were on the beat after dark we would often notice a police car following us. Eventually one of the police constables told me that they were playing a game called ‘spot the PCSO’. The joke was that all PCSOs had black or brown skin colour so they were very hard to see in the dark.”
PCSO Peter Campbell gives evidence in the case

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Tue 3 Mar 2009, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2141
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