Scotland Yard was under the spotlight today after facing fresh allegations of racism amongst its officers.
It emerged yesterday that 10 new complaints have been referred to the police watchdog, just days after the force vowed to get to the bottom of “very damaging” footage of one officer apparently racially abusing a man and another allegedly assaulting a teenage boy last summer.
Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey insisted “the Met does not tolerate racism” as he revealed seven allegations had been reported after three officers were suspended over claims of offensive comments to colleagues.
He warned there would be further referrals as he announced he had commissioned a review of complaints relating to alleged racism “to check the progress of ongoing cases”.
A total of five officers have been suspended over the fresh allegations.
The force is working with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate the claims.
Mr Mackey said yesterday: “Whilst any use of racist language is abhorrent, what is reassuring for me is that in the 10 cases that have been referred to the IPCC, six involve other officers who have stood up and raised concerns, showing that we are an organisation that will not stand for any racist behaviour.
“These officers were not motivated to report their concerns by recent media coverage as this was done before this week.
“I will always want to work in an organisation where someone who believes they’ve seen unacceptable behaviour feels they can challenge it and report it - knowing action will be taken, as it has been in these cases and as it will be whenever it occurs.
“The Met does not tolerate racism.”
Three officers based in Newham were suspended yesterday in relation to complaints that they used racist language.
It emerged the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) heard of the allegations on March 19 – before separate allegations of racism in the wake of last summer’s riots became public.
Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe was previously forced to speak out after incidents on August 11 last year as police officers in London dealt with the fallout of the riots sweeping the capital.
Pc Alex MacFarlane was suspended after a recording was made of a suspect being called a “n*****”.
The arrested man, named as Mauro Demetrio, 21, from Beckton, east London, was arrested on suspicion of drug driving but no action was later taken. He recorded the abuse on his mobile phone.
It also emerged that another officer, reportedly with Pc MacFarlane when Mr Demetrio was abused, was placed on restricted duties after later being allegedly seen kicking the 15-year-old black boy to the ground and kneeing him.
The incident was said to have happened in the custody area of an east London police station with part of the incident recorded on CCTV.
The latest allegations include the bullying of PCSOs by a number of police officers and staff over an 18-month period in Wandsworth, an assault involving five officers from the Territorial Support Group against several youngsters in Hyde Park last year and racist language by a Pc working in Westminster and by another Pc in Islington.