Shadow home secretary: 'Police must ensure zero tolerance of racism'

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.

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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.