NewsPolice: Ex-official fired for racist chats

Police: Ex-official fired for racist chats

Created: 06.10.2022 Updated: 10/06/2022 12:14 p.m

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The New Scotland Yard police authority in the City of Westminster district on London’s Thames bank: The London Metropolitan Police have again been shaken by a racism scandal. © Arne Dedert/dpa

It is not the first scandal of this kind: Cases of discrimination and racism keep coming to light in the London police force.

LONDON – The crisis-ridden London Metropolitan Police have again been shaken by a racism scandal. A former police officer who later worked as a border guard at the Home Office has been sacked for allegedly sharing racist messages on Whatsapp groups, the BBC reported on Thursday.

The incidents came to light through investigations by the BBC program Newsnight. The Home Office called the news “pathetic” and said it had a zero-tolerance policy in cases of racism and discrimination. A member of the workforce was immediately dismissed after the allegations became known.

Jokes about asylum seekers

According to the report, the accused is said to have founded the Whatsapp group, in which other former and current Scotland Yard police officers were also members, and shared racist jokes about the flood disaster in Pakistan. The British government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is said to have been an issue – just like Prince Harry and his wife Meghan. According to the BBC, several members are said to have been part of a police unit that secures Parliament and is responsible for protecting members of the government.

It is not the first scandal of this kind in the London police force: cases of discrimination and racism have repeatedly come to light in recent years. The low point for Scotland Yard was the murder of Londoner Sarah Everard by a police officer. Scotland Yard now has new leadership: the new boss, Mark Rowley, promised comprehensive reforms and announced that he wanted to restore confidence in the police. dpa

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