While British police have generally enjoyed a better reputation than their counterparts in the US, where allegations of racism have led to violent protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, there are concerns that some UK communities are losing trust in local officers., the Metropolitan Police and West Midlands Police – forces responsible for policing the most ethnically diverse parts of the UK – account for almost half the 3,082 officers under investigation for alleged assault around the country.
Black and minority ethnic people make up one in three of London’s population but represent 55 per cent of alleged victims of brutality by Met officers.
Tippa Naphtali, a community activist in Birmingham, said: “Some officers have it in their heads that any black person, regardless of size, is going to be violent and their response coincides with that in terms of levels of brutality or restraint they use.”The Met currently has 1,185 officers on full duty even though they are under investigation regarding 714 alleged assault cases.
Ethnicity of the complainant has been recorded in 443 cases.
: “I still to this day can't believe it was me who said those things.
“I am deeply sorry for the comments I made - I never intended the upset caused to the family.” PC Mayo told the paper: “I have thought about this incident every day since.
“The officers failed to treat the child and their family with respect and undermined public confidence in the force.” Testimonies considered at the misconduct hearing described PC Dexter as a “hard-working, caring and valued” officer, who had been commended for a “lifesaving intervention” at the scene of a stabbing in 2014.
The child was subsequently found, but police were later called by the mother informing them that the child was causing problems at the family home.
The disparity is even worse in the West Midlands where nearly half of assault complaints against police come from black or Asian people – though just 14 per cent of the population is black or ethnic minority.
This means black and Asian people are 3.5 times more likely to allege assault by officers.
Where the conduct of staff is proven to have fallen below the standards of behaviour expected, the MPS will take robust action to ensure that its staff are appropriately disciplined and that lessons are learnt.”But the spokeswoman added: “The Commissioner has recognised that there remains a risk that the MPS is still institutionally racist in some of what it does because there remain elements of disproportionality, despite significant progress over many years.”Problems also exist beyond the capital.
The Bedfordshire PCs Christopher Pitts and Christopher Thomas have been suspended on full pay since March last year over their detention of Faruk Ali, a 33-year-old man with learning difficulties.