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Racist cop complaints ‘not taken seriously’

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Issue 2363

The Metropolitan Police doesn’t take complaints of racism against its own officers seriously, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

It’s over 14 years since the Macpherson report into police handling of the racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence was published. It branded the Met “institutionally racist”. 

But a new IPCC report found that officers accused of racism were routinely only questioned by brief emails.

Their accounts were normally believed before the people who said they had been racially abused. 

Complaints of racism were only taken seriously when they involved whistleblowers from within the Met, or where victims had recorded the incidents on a phone. 

Mauro Demetrio was arrested after he complained about being racially abused by police. This was at the time of the riots that followed the police shooting of Mark Duggan in August 2011. 

Mauro recorded PC Alex Macfarlane saying, “The problem with you is that you will always be a nigger,” on his phone. 

The report was based on over 500 complaints against Met officers and staff from 2011 to 2012 and 61 cases referred to the IPCC in two months of last year.

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