It has emerged that a Met officer faces the sack for gross misconduct after he was convicted of launching a foul-mouthed tirade at an Asian takeaway manager.
Pc Philip Juhasz, 31, hurled abuse at Pakistani Umer Nazir, 23, at the Delice de France snack kiosk at King's Cross railway station last September. The shop manager said the off-duty officer had demanded to be sold food that was about to be thrown away for half price.
He told the Daily Mail that after he refused to comply, he was met with a racist outburst. Juhasz was convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates' Court on March 23, police said.
Scotland Yard said it could not comment on the report by Brain Paddick in 2004, due to its age and added:
The Metropolitan police service has a history of welcoming internal and external discussion papers on stop and search, from academics, research bodies and serving officers, in order to inform the debate on stop and search.
In consequence, the MPS is constantly adapting and evolving its stop-and-search policies
A dossier, compiled by former Met commander Brian Paddick in 2004, warned police chiefs that they needed to take tougher action to stop officers discriminating against black people.
The report, obtained by the Guardian, said that innocent African-Caribbean people were being targeted too often under stop and search powers by officers who were wrongly racially stereotyping them as criminals.
Referring to the murder of Stephen Lawrence in an open letter to Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, Dr Richard Stone, a former member of the Lawrence inquiry panel 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.
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'
Some 120 Metropolitan Police officers have reportedly been found guilty of racist behaviour since the Macpherson report prompted by the murder of Stephen Lawrence.
In reply to a Freedom of Information request by Channel 4 News, Scotland Yard said that between 1999 and 2011, 120 of its police officers "had allegations of misconduct, under the category 'discriminatory behaviour' with the sub-category 'race', substantiated against them".
According to the data:
- 79 were police constables;
- 13 were police sergeants;
- Four were detective inspectors or higher rank.
- 21 received some kind of sanction, most commonly a fine;
- One police officer of the 120 was dismissed.
Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary and minister for women & equalities, said:
These allegations must be taken extremely seriously by the Metropolitan Police Service, the Crown Prosecution Service and the IPCC.
The police must ensure there is zero tolerance of racism in their ranks, and must act fast to deal with any suggestion of racism that arises. It is vital for justice that everyone from every community can be confident in the impartiality of the police and their ability to enforce the law fairly.
The MPS worked hard to change after the Macpherson inquiry, but the number of these claims now is a very serious concern.
Superintendent Leroy Logan, Black Police Association
Three officers based in Newham were suspended yesterday after allegations they used racist language. MP for Newham Stephen Timms says the police cannot afford to tolerate any sort of racist behaviour.
Four police officers in Northern Ireland have been suspended over claims they exchanged racist and sectarian text messages.
– Police Service of Northern Ireland
The message is going out loud and clear - this racist and sectarian behaviour will not be tolerated... The Police Service is proud of its reputation for delivering a personal, professional and protective policing service to the people of Northern Ireland, and we expect our staff to behave ethically and with the utmost integrity at all times both on and off duty. Any officer who fails to abide by the high standards of behaviour expected of all officers as laid out in our code of ethics can expect to be rigorously investigated.
– Superintendent Leroy Logan, Black Police Association
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. 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... You would think these casual racist comments would be long gone and here we are and they are still coming up.