Metropolitan Police racism ‘is worse’ since Stephen Lawrence report

12:29 07 April 2012

Racism among police officers in London is not confined to a few rogue individuals, according to an expert who helped compile the report into Stephen Lawrence’s slaying which found the Metropolitan Police institutionally racist.

In a letter to London’s top cop, Dr Richard Stone told commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe that he fears racism in the force is more than “just a few bad apples.”

Mr Stone said: “Here we are 14 years later with the worst kind of blatant and violent racism by police. Even worse is that the officers appear to be doing it openly in front of colleagues from whom they have no fear of being reported.

He added: “Such a group of constables could not be routinely racist like this without their seniors being aware, and telling them to stop. I fear this may alas be more than ‘just a few bad apples’.”

The latest controversy was sparked by audio footage of an episode last summer, during which black teenager Mario Demetrio was racially abused by an officer during his arrest, on August 11 - during the London riots.

Scotland Yard has suspended nine members of staff, while it investigates 10 incidents involving 20 people.

Dr Stone’s letter of condemnation, seen by the Independent newspaper, comes after the Met was accused being “deaf” to issues around racism in its ranks by a founder of the body black officers.

Supt Logan, a founder member and former chairman of both the London and National Black Police Association (NBPA), said attitudes to race had got worse since the 1999 report on institutional racism.

“Every year since 2001, the young people have been saying how they believe they are being dealt with disrespectfully, not shown enough dignity, casual racist comments were being used,” he said.

“We were telling the Met Police, some two or three commissioners back, this is what is coming up.

“But like so many things, it lands on deaf ears until such a time as a free press - the media - get hold of it and forces people into action.”

Pc Alex MacFarlane has been temporarily stripped of his duties after a recording was made of Demetrio being called a “n*****”.

A string of allegations including the bullying of PCSOs by a number of police officers and staff over an 18-month period in Wandsworth, as well as incidents Hyde Park last year, Westminster and in Islington are currently under investigation.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Crime news

Friday, October 9, 2015
The deceased was found on leafy Melrose Avenue in Cricklewood (Photo: Google StreetView)

Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a woman in her forties was found at an address in Melrose Avenue.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
Roadside tributes to cyclists are not a rare sight in the capital (Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

A lorry driver has been summonsed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court accused of causing death by careless driving.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
CCTV footage of the raid at Windsor Bishop jewellers in Norwich carried out by Islington smash and grab raiders Alfredo Rojasvagras, Bradley McMillan,  Mark Moloney and Dillon Zambon with two other associates. Picture: PRESS ASSOCIATION

Islington’s smash and grab shame was thrown back into the spotlight this week, after three men – and one boy – from the borough were jailed for a combined 20 years for a jewellery shop robbery.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
A man punched a teenager in the face and verbally abused him on a Metropolitan Line train (Picture: PA Images)

A 19-year-old was punched in the face by a man - who was also verbally abusing him - on a Metropolitan Line tube train as it pulled in to Harrow on the Hill station, according to British Transport Police (BTP).

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Dragos Moisica, 27, a Romanian national of High Street, Edgware, raped a girl on her 12th birthday at a hotel in Kenton (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

This man raped a vulnerable girl on her twelfth birthday. He groomed his child victim - he gave her presents, professed his love and finally lured her to a north London hotel for sex.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Winston Churchill statue in Woodford Green was vandalised with paint splashed over it

Vandals have poured orange and pink paint over Winston Churchill’s statue in Woodford Green.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Line-Up Events


You'll be stocked up on toiletries  for a while!

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more.

Read more
You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

Read more

Latest Tech News