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There is now "sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction" of PC Alex MacFarlane, a Crown Prosecution Service review concluded.
Lawyers studied footage appearing to show the officer say to a 21-year-old black man: "The problem with you is you will always be a n*****, yeah?".
Alison Saunders, chief prosecutor for CPS London, said she had advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission to charge PC MacFarlane despite the CPS's decision not to charge him in January.
The Crown Prosecution Service has advised the Independent Police Complaints Commission to charge Scotland Yard PC Alex MacFarlane with a racially aggravated public order offence in relation to the alleged abuse of a suspect during the London riots.
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A policeman recorded allegedly racially abusing a black man under arrest in east London last year will now be charged over the incident.