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Police racism: the truth comes out

Issue No. 1876

More revelations about the depth of police racism emerge by the day

A RAMPANT racist culture has developed in the Metropolitan Police, according to a dossier leaked last weekend. Black and Asian officers had been left facing threats, discrimination and intimidation.

The report, compiled by the Metropolitan Police branch of the Black Police Association, quotes racist comments made by officers from the Hendon police training college in north London.

One officer called a colleague a 'Paki', and another said that if his daughter came home with a black man he would 'kick him out of the house'. The 'What is Happening to Our Ethnic Minorities?' dossier found that black and Asian officers are five times more likely than whites to quit the force in their first two years. Other revelations around police racism in the last week include:

Scores of police officers are members of the Nazi British National Party, according to Simon Darby, a BNP councillor in Dudley, West Midlands. Darby claimed that as many as 12 West Midlands Police officers were in the BNP as well as retired police inspector John Phazey.

Eight police officers from Kent are being investigated after allegations of racism on a trip to France. The police were off duty, but were reported by a member of the public travelling on the same bus trip.

The organisation representing some of those who give police recruits anti-racist training has complained about bullying and harassment.

The Police Diversity Training Network says its members are harassed by officers as senior as assistant chief constables and that the police service is a 'safe haven for racists'. All these revelations come hard on the heels of the BBC's The Secret Policeman programme, which exposed the shocking level of racism among recruits at a police training college in the north west.

The Commission for Racial Equality has now announced that it is to hold a Hutton inquiry style investigation into police racism. It will use its statutory powers against the police for the first time. Commission chair Trevor Phillips said that the racist officers shown on the BBC programme 'clearly existed in a culture of official condemnation but tacit acceptance of their racism'.

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Sat 8 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1876
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