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Met deleted racial discrimination records in black PC case

BULLIED: Firearms officer Carol Howard

A BLACK female police officer had her records of sex and race discrimination wiped by a detective sergeant in a ‘deliberate’ cover-up by the Metropolitan Police, a tribunal has found.

Carol Howard, 35, was intimidated by Acting Inspector Dave Kelly who spied on her through Facebook after she called in sick and often scolded her in front of other senior officers.

A tribunal has now upheld her claims of racial and sexual discrimination and revealed that Kelly was told to delete references to discrimination and harassment from an internal report when they found out about Howard’s decision to take the force to an employment tribunal.

The move has been branded a 'deliberate attempt to cover-up' previous findings by top lawyer, representing Howard, Daphne Romney QC.

Miss Howard, from Purley in Surrey, was thrust into the spotlight in 2012 when the Met chose her to be a poster girl for a magazine feature on the 10,000 men and women on duty during the Olympics.

But a tribunal ruled the elite Diplomatic Protection Group officer was unfairly treated by Kelly who singled her out from colleagues.

It said she was intimidated by the 'aggressive' inspector who 'scolded' her in front of other senior officers.

PC Howard is now line for substantial compensation and costs.

Commenting on the case, Daphne Romney QC told the BBC: “What is particularly shocking is the deliberate attempt to cover up internal findings of discrimination.

“The outcome of the internal grievance investigation led PC Howard to believe that the investigating officer did not accept that there had been either race or sex discrimination, when clearly this was not the case.”

PC Howard, who continues to serve with the Met, is one of just two black women among 700 officers in Diplomatic Protection Group.

In its judgment, the tribunal found: “She was treated the way she was because she was black and because she was a woman.”

A Met Spokesman said last night (July 1): “We are disappointed at the Tribunal’s finding in favour of Pc Howard.”

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