A sickening—but not surprising—report into the Met Police demonstrates how deep institutional racism, sexism and corruption permeates Britain’s biggest police force. Report author Baroness Casey found that hundreds of cops should have been sacked for racist or sexist behaviour.
This includes officers suspected of sexual assault and domestic abuse. And when there is disciplinary action, black officers are 81 percent more likely to face disciplinary action than white ones.
The new Met Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said the report showed “patterns of unacceptable discrimination that clearly amount to systemic bias”. He said there would be action.
Rowley is on a mission to polish the Met’s reputation because its failings have revealed too clearly that it is rotten to the core. But the Met will never be the “anti-racist” institution Rowley promises. And he is not the first commissioner to pledge fundamental change.
Following the deaths of so many victims, from Sarah Everard to Chris Kaba, it’s all too clear to many what purpose the Met really serves. And Rowley’s strategy for change is to beg for more powers to be able to act.
That’s on top of the repressive powers already heading the police’s way. The only way to confront the bigotry running though the Met is by shutting down the institution for good.
Labour isn't the answer