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Black male was ‘racially abused and strangled by officers’

ALLEGATIONS: PC Alex MacFarlane

A JURY at Southwark Crown Court heard today (October 15) how a man was allegedly racially abused by a police officer and strangled by his colleague after being arrested in August 2011.

Scotland Yard officer PC Alex MacFarlane denies a charge of racially aggravated harassment.

The 53-year-old is accused of telling Mauro Demetrio: "The problem with you is you will always be a n****r.”

The incident occurred after Demetrio was arrested for a crime he did not commit and taken to Forest Gate police station on August 11 during last year’s riots.

After being arrested on suspicion of drug-driving. Demetrio, from Beckton, east London, allegedly became “abusive” after he claimed that he was pushed against a police van and strangled.

During a heated exchange of words with MacFarlane, Demetrio used his mobile phone to record the verbal exchange with MacFarlane.

The court heard footage of MacFarlane allegedly calling Demetrio a “c**t”, a “scumbag”, threatening to sleep with his mother and adding that he would be dead in five years.

The court also heard a different recording of MacFarlane allegedly saying: “Be proud of who you are, don't hide behind your black skin."

MacFarlane admitted to police that he may have called Demetrio a “n****r” but denied intending to cause harassment or distress.

“He said this to put Mr Demetrio in his place by demeaning and distressing him," said prosecutor Duncan Atkinson.

Explaining how he felt after the incident, Demetrio said: "It made me feel like s*** really. I thought that's it, isn't it? It can't get any worse.”

"I really felt violated. I felt really, really low and just violated."

The trial continues.

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