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Met police drop all charges against black female officer

CHARGES DROPPED: PC Carol Howard

THE POLICE have dropped all charges against a black female police officer who won £37k at a tribunal into racial and sexual harassment within the force.

PC Carol Howard, 35, was repeatedly arrested during her successful legal battle and was held by officers from the Metropolitan and Sussex police forces on three occasions in the year leading up to her employment tribunal against her employers.

The firearms officer, who was the force’s Olympics security poster girl in 2012, won £37,000 earlier this month after the tribunal concluded she had been bullied, harassed and smeared while serving as one of only two black officers in the 700-strong Diplomatic Protection Group.

The tribunal also found that the embattled force deleted references to discrimination from an internal report that would have backed Ms Howard’s case.

Yesterday (Sept 23), it emerged that the Met and Sussex police had dropped their investigations into the mother-of-two just hours after the Equality and Human Rights Commission announced it would carry out an inquiry into claims of “unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation of employees by the Metropolitan Police” against her.

However, Howard learned she will face no further action over claims linked to a dispute with her ex-husband.

Speaking on the news, she said: "I’m appalled and disgusted that the police put me through 13 months of hell simply because I stood up to the Met Police and challenged the discrimination at work.

"As a working officer, I know these allegations would not normally have been investigated in this way and for this long.

"I was punished for challenging them and they tried to smear me. Lessons need to be learned by the police, and quickly."

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: "We have advised Sussex Police that no further criminal action should be taken."

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