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Morris inquiry scratches the surface of police racism

Issue No. 1932

THE MORRIS inquiry, which reported on Tuesday, gave a glimpse of the unfair treatment dealt out to black and Asian officers in the Metropolitan Police. It found they were “disproportionately investigated” by the force.

If the police can’t be trusted to treat their own fairly, what kind of treatment can ordinary people expect?

The inquiry, chaired by former TGWU leader Bill Morris, could have exposed the full extent of racism and corruption in the force. But the report pulled its punches.

No wonder detective sergeant Gurpal Virdi, whose successful case against the Met helped prompt the inquiry, responded by expressing his fears that the force would never stamp out racism.

The police claim they have cleaned up their act. But another police disciplinary case was in the spotlight last week.

Chief inspector Sharman and PC Fagan were suspended in November following an unlawful killing verdict by the second inquest into the death of Harry Stanley, who was shot dead by armed police five years ago.

Their suspensions were lifted earlier this week. Harry’s widow, Irene, told Socialist Worker, “My whole family and I are devastated. We still haven’t heard from the Crown Prosecution Service whether the two officers who shot Harry will be charged.

“I don’t think they should be back on the street. They seem to think that they are above the law—but we are determined to keep fighting for justice.”

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