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Officer pleads not guilty to racism charge

ACCUSED: A Scotland Yard PC

A METROPOLITAN police officer who has been charged with a racially aggravated harassment offence has pleaded not guilty today (May 22) at the Westminster Magistrates court in London.

After being pulled over by police last August in the aftermath of the summer riots, Mauro Demetrio recorded PC Alex MacFarlane allegedly saying: "The problem with you is you will always be a n****r, yeah?"

The 52-year-old MacFarlane was granted bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court on June 29 after entering a not guilty plea to the racially aggravated harassment charge.

Chief prosecutor for London, Alison Saunders, charged MacFarlane in April and the indictment specified that he intended to cause “harassment, alarm or distress" to the 21-year-old Demetrio and "used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour".

Since MacFarlane's recording was revealed, a multitude of racism cases involving Scotland Yard officers were disclosed.

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