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Police racism publicly unmasked

Issue No. 1874

HOME SECRETARY David Blunkett didn't wait to see the documentary, The Secret Policeman, before he attacked the BBC. The documentary exposed an incredible degree of police racism in Manchester and in other areas.

He accused the BBC of a 'stunt' intended 'to create, not report' the news. But by the time the programme was to go out on Tuesday night, the police had suspended four officers filmed in the documentary.

The racism discovered by undercover reporter Mark Daly over the course of a five and a half month investigation into Greater Manchester Police is sickening. He filmed a police recruit fantasising about killing the sole Asian on the training course and admiring Nazi paramilitary group Combat 18.

A recruit was filmed wearing a Ku Klux Klan style hood and others were caught spewing racist filth about 'niggers' and 'Pakis'.

One recruit refers to Stephen Lawrence's parents as a 'fucking pair of spongers'. He goes on to say the Macpherson report into Stephen's murder, highlighting police institutional racism, as a 'fucking kick in the bollocks for any white man'.

David Blunkett says he takes 'any allegations of racism very seriously'. But over the last year he has undermined even the modest proposals contained in the Macpherson report and abandoned the idea that there is such a thing as institutionalised racism. That has led to a renewed use of stop and search by the police, particularly against young black people.

Blunkett applauded the Metropolitan Police just as the Black Police Officers Association says the London force is so racist black people shouldn't join. Now he has leapt to the defence of the police forces named in the programme.

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Sat 25 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1874
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