Pc claims he was trying to calm down arrested man

Pc Alex MacFarlane.
Pc Alex MacFarlane. Credit: PA

It is alleged Pc Alex MacFarlane said: "The problem with you is you will always be a ++++++. Pc MacFarlane does not deny the words but says he was trying to calm the arrested man down and not racially abusing him.

Pc MacFarlane told police investigating the complaint that he was explaining that Mauro Demetrio should be proud of who is and "not try to hide behind your black skin." The trial is continuing.

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