The trial of a police officer charged with racially abusing a man during last summer's London riots has started at Southwark Crown Court. Pc Alex MacFarlane is accused of calling Mauro Demetrio, 21, a racist name, causing him harassment, alarm or distress. Pc MacFarlane, 53, denies the charges.
The jury heard that Mr Demetrio was stopped in his car by a van full of police officers involved in dealing with violent scenes during the riots. He was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence of cannabis. Tests later proved negative and he was not charged.
During the arrest and transfer to the police station Mr Demetrio recorded exchanges with officers on his mobile telephone. The defendant is heard making comments which the prosecution say were racially motivated and intended to cause distress.
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