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Caught! Police tells youth: “You’ll always be a n**ger”

SUSPENDED: A Met Police officer is being investigated after being recorded using racist language

THE MET is at the centre of a racism scandal after a young man used his mobile to record one of its officers taunting him about his skin colour while in the back of a police van.

PC Alex Macfarlane – who has since been suspended – is also heard stating: “The problem with you is you will always be a n**ger” as well as boasting that he had strangled the man during his arrest.

A full version of the recording was handed to the Guardian newspaper.

The 21-year-old from Beckton, east London, was pulled over in his car on August 11 following last summer’s riots on suspicion of driving under the influence.

He lodged a complaint of discriminatory behaviour, assault and oppressive behaviour and the case was passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

In a statement, the Met said: “These are serious allegations; any use of racist language or excessive use of force is totally unacceptable.

“Following the incident, three officers were the subject of a misconduct investigation. One of the officers was immediately suspended pending the result of the IPCC . One of the officers has been placed on restricted duties on an unrelated matter and another remains on full duties.”

The IPCC referred the case to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) who decided not to press charges on the grounds that the comments did not cause the man harassment, distress or alarm.

Following threats of a judicial review, Grace Ononiwu, deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS London, said: “I have considered the matter personally and directed that all the evidence should be reconsidered and a fresh decision taken by a senior lawyer with no previous involvement in this matter."

Activist Stafford Scott said: “Regarding what the officer said, this really isn’t a big story. This is a regular occurrence.

"The big story is that the youth had the tenacity to turn on his recorder. The even bigger story is that the CPS weren’t planning on doing anything about it. Coincidentally, it is now someone with an African surname who has agreed the matter should be reviewed.”

He added: “Ten years ago we identified institutional racism in the police force. Today it is still rampant. Instead of dealing with it, they get stuck into bureaucratic exercises like ticking boxes.

“Nothing will change until black people are allowed some control or some say in this system and that’s the last thing they want.”

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