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TAKING A STAND AGAINST RACISM: Dwain and Andrea Mae

A MOTHER and son who were racially abused by a policeman taught themselves law because they could not find a solicitor who was willing to challenge the Met.

Dwain Mae, 23 and his mother Andrea told The Standard that they were called “black ba****ds, “black pigs” and “n****rs" during a routine stop and search in Streatham, south London in 2009.

Unsuccessful in their attempts to secure legal representation, the Mae’s decided to take matters into their own hands by studying the legal process over a three-year period.

Last October they were awarded £7,000 in damages against the Met for racial harassment by Lambeth county court.

The judge praised them for all the work they did without the help of lawyers.

However, no action was taken against the constable, the Met were granted an appeal and a decision will be made on May 16.

Mae told The Standard: “The case has gone to appeal, but we don’t care. This is not about the money, it is to encourage people to come forward if they have suffered in the same position.”

Last week the Mae’s were arrested following the City of London police raid at their home.

During the raid the police seized mobile phones, computers and documents used in the case.

The police claimed they were investigating an allegation of fraud by false representation.

Mae said: “We were arrested and bailed. You get the feeling that they will do anything to stop us. We were contacted by the Commissioner and told to drop the case. We haven’t and I hope our win is not taken away from us.”

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