RESPECTED: Superintendent Leroy Logan
A SENIOR London police officer has revealed that the severe beating of his father by police officers led him to join the force.
Superintendent Leroy Logan, a founder member of the National Black Police Association (NBPA), said he joined the police force after his father, who was a lorry driver, was ‘savagely beaten’ by the police. His father successfully sued the police department.
“At the time my father was not best pleased with my decision to join the police,” admitted Logan while speaking in Birmingham. Logan was a former science graduate who opted to swap his postgraduate medical research career for the police force. He was invited to be guest speaker at a Rotary Club of Birmingham lunch.
Logan himself won £100,000 in damages from the Metropolitan Police seven years ago for racial discrimination and victimisation, which was settled before it was due to go before an employment tribunal.
The top officer, who coordinated the safety and security of the London 2012 Games, added that he had never made compromises ‘for the sake of being popular’ and was looking forward to creating ‘a manual – a memoir’ after his retirement on various issues affecting the force such as equality, fairness and justice.