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Joanne McCartney AM Statement on Police Discrimination Review


July 2nd, 2014

Responding to news that the Metropolitan Police discriminated against a black female officer because of her race and sex, Joanne McCartney, London Assembly Labour Group Spokesperson on Policing, commented:

“The findings of this tribunal are extremely worrying. Not only are the individual circumstances of this case concerning, but the fact that the detective investigating the complaint was asked to delete all references to sex and race discrimination in his report is also alarming. 

“This raises serious questions over the Met’s conduct in such cases, and how widespread this practice was and still is. Our key public services should be transparent and accountable, and institutions like the Met should not be trying to sweep bad practices under the carpet.

“With reports last month that the Met disciplined only one staff member in 67 race cases in the last four years, we urgently need a review into the Met’s handling of discrimination claims. I am today calling on the Mayor to support calls for such a review, and to set out what he plans to do to ensure cases like this this can never happen again.”

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