Metropolitan police ‘buried’ report in 2004 warning of race scandal

Police Shieldoriginally by: The Guardian
published: 6th April 2012

A secret Metropolitan police report warned police chiefs that they needed to take tougher action to stop officers discriminating against black people, and that a failure to do so would threaten a breakdown in community confidence.

The report, obtained by the Guardian, warned top officers that innocent African-Caribbean people were being stopped too often by officers, who wrongly “racially stereotyped” them as criminals.

The report was by Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for London mayor, who was then a Met commander. He says his bosses ignored the warnings made in 2004 and buried the report.

For the past week allegations of racism in the ranks have dogged Scotland Yard’s leadership. The Met has been dealing with a growing racism scandal, which was triggered when the Guardian revealed an audio recording of an officer racially abusing a man in east London.

On Thursday the Met said 20 police officers and one staff member were under investigation for alleged racist incidents, and that eight police officers and a civilian worker had been suspended. The allegations include assault, abuse and bullying.

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