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Fifty-nine Met police officers have been sacked or disciplined for racist behaviour in the past five years, the Standard can reveal.
Scotland Yard dismissed 18 officers following complaints about race discrimination and 41 were subject to other disciplinary sanctions.
The figures, from a freedom of information request, also show that 37 cases of discriminatory behaviour on the basis of race were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission between January 2012 and this May.
Between 1999 and 2011, 120 Met officers were found guilty of racist behaviour, with six forced to resign, one dismissed and the rest receiving a sanction, most commonly a fine.
In 1999 the Macpherson report, on the investigation into the 1993 murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in Eltham, branded the force “institutionally racist”. Since then 550 complaints of racist behaviour against Met officers have been referred to the IPCC.
Details of dismissals or final written warnings include an officer in a squad car who remarked that an area of London needed to be “ethnically cleansed”. Told that such a comment should not be made, the officer replied: “Why not?” Others made racist remarks to colleagues and the public, or on messaging apps. In 2013 Pc Alex MacFarlane was sacked for gross misconduct after being secretly recorded telling a man under arrest: “The problem with you is that you will always be a n*****.”
Another off-duty officer racially abused a ticket inspector on a train when the friends he was with were told to pay penalty fares after trying to pretend they were also police officers.
Retired police superintendent Leroy Logan, founder and former chairman of the Met’s Black Police Association, said: “This saddens me as an officer who gave evidence at the Stephen Lawrence inquiry. Nothing has really significantly improved so I am led to only come to the same conclusion — that the organisation is institutionally racist.”
According to official statistics, only 13.4 per cent of the Met’s workforce is non-white. However, Scotland Yard said the number of black and minority ethnic officers was increasing compared with previous years, and that work was being done to improve diversity.
The Met said: “Staff must act with professionalism and integrity at all times. Where conduct is proven to have fallen below standards expected, the MPS will take robust action to ensure staff are appropriately disciplined.”
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