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Police racism allegations

10 complaints relating to racism involving 20 officers and one member of police staff have been referred to the police watchdog. Four police officers in Northern Ireland have also been suspended over race claims.

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120 Met Police officers 'guilty of racist behaviour' since 1999

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.

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