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New Racism Scandal Hits British Police, Man Secretly Records Abuse

New Racism Scandal Hits British Police, Man Secretly Records Abuse

London’s police are facing yet another racism scandal after a black man used his mobile phone to secretly record a tirade of racist abuse.

The man arrested during last summer’s riots recorded abuse including an officer telling him “the problem with you is you will always be a n*****”.

Listen (warning of strong language):

The man told The Guardian newspaper that he was made to feel “like an animal” by police, accusing them of kneeling on his chest and strangling him.

“I couldn’t breathe and I felt that I was going to die,” he said.

An officer can be heard on the audio saying that he strangled him “‘cos you’re a c**t.” The Guardian says that the man was ‘visibly shaking’ as he recounted to them his ordeal.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), but the CPS decided not to bring any charges against three officers. But following the release of the audio, the CPS said they would review the case and one officer was suspended. The man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, but the charge was later dismissed.

Estelle du Boulay, director of the the anti-racist community group Newham Monitoring Project, told The Guardian:

“Sadly, the shocking treatment of this young man at the hands of police officers – both the physical brutality he describes and the racial abuse he claims he suffered – are by no means unusual; it compares to other reports we have received. What makes this case different is the victim had the foresight and courage to turn on a recording device on his mobile phone.”

London’s police have made significant efforts to tackle institutional racism. The recent conviction of two men for the infamous racially motivated murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago has universally been seen as marking a turning point in the police’s treatment of people of color.

However, last year’s riots were partly caused by problems with distrust and antipathy towards police, one study shows.

The National Black Police Association said that this latest case undermines efforts to build and maintain trust and confidence of communities grappling with the impact of serious violent crime and escalating hate crimes. It also raised questions about fairness for young black men in the criminal justice system, they said.

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12:27PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

In my humble opinion: the race relations industry could well bes - part of the problem. As predicted by a certain Tory Cabinet Minister nearly forty-five years ago.

9:57PM PDT on Apr 8, 2012

This is horrible and shameful. Disgusting.

6:08PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Racism is to keep us all apart from standing together in defense from the ultra rich.
Keeping men and women and children apart so they don't stand together in defense against the ultra rich.
Dividing us all into separate countries, so we can not stand together in defense against the ultra rich.
Dividing our religions so we can not band together to stop the ultra rich. There is only one creation...We are living in it. No matter what name/names you want to call it.

Divide and conquer has been the program for a very long time.

5:17PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Terrible, just terrible. Thank you for posting.

2:34PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

If not for the accent this could have been recorded in pretty much any country. This is what happens when the people lose their power.

1:45PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

I suppose he could just be glad it was real cops and not some armed and dangerous self-styled neighborhood watch captain.

1:24PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Best way for the Brits to fix this?
1) Ban hiring of hooligans into the bobbies. Kick out the ones already there. If these people are too stupid to sign on to a rugby or hockey team where they can legally roughhouse in the sports arena, they don't need to be on a constabulary or police force.
2) Ban gun control. Promote a learn to shoot program and encourage the citizens to become deputy ready. Encourage use of riot rounds, Mace/pepper spray, tasers, and select nonlethal 'repellant' level gas defences.

6:11AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Everyone in Britain knows that certain elements (and I'm not accusing them all here) of the Metropolitan Police are the scum of the earth. This is no news for us, and it's well known how racist they are, but at least the young man recorded the conversation. It's about time the Police Commision actually got around to cleaning up their act.

@billy r...nothing like tarring us all with the same brush, eh! From your friendly 'loathsome xenophobic troglodyte' ;)

5:42AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

I keep hoping that people will learn from the past, and that we will become more civilized. It never seems to happen, though.

5:38AM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

noted

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