Scathing report says UK police getting away with lawbreaking

LONDON – Officers in the London Metropolitan Police force are staying away from breaking the law and the police’s system of investigating misconduct has been marred by racism and vanity, a newspaper has reported. The report said Monday.

In the latest scathing criticism of Britain’s largest police force, Louise Casey said some officers had “removed both misconduct but also offence” without being fired.

“Instances take too long to resolve, allegations are more likely to be dismissed than handled, the burden on those who raise concerns is overwhelming and there is racism on the ground.” system-wide, with white officers being treated less harshly than blacks or Asians. Casey said in a letter to Sheriff Mark Rowley.

Casey, an experienced former government official, was asked to investigate the force after a series of controversies over alleged misconduct and racism among officers. She issued an interim report on Monday, with her full findings set to take effect next year.

Last year, a policeman, Wayne Couzens, was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing a woman walking home at night in London. The murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer shocked the nation, and the police force’s handling of the vigil and subsequent protests against Everard’s murder – where women were detained for crimes against humanity. breach of coronavirus restrictions – has been strongly criticized.

Earlier this year, an investigation revealed a culture of debauchery, bullying and sexual harassment at a London police station, Charing Cross.

The force has also been criticized for its handling of the case of two Black sisters murdered in a London park in 2020 – their bodies were found by a family search team because police were unable to find them. search for them – and for failing to stop serial killer Stephen Port, who drugged and killed four young men he met online.

In February, Cressida Dick resigned as police chief after London Mayor Sadiq Khan said she was not doing enough to urgently overhaul the force and regain public trust. In June, the force was placed under “special measures” by the country’s police watchdog.

Rowley, who replaced Dick, said the force was laying off between 30 and 50 officers and staff a year but that number should be much higher.

“You have to come to the conclusion that there must be hundreds of people who shouldn’t be here who should be removed,” he said. “There must be hundreds of people who are behaving shamefully, undermining our integrity and needing to be removed.”

The British government said it would review the system and procedure for firing police officers.

Rowley said the failures Casey found was “completely unacceptable.”

“I apologize to those we have let down: both the public and our honest and dedicated officers,” he said in a letter to Casey. “The public deserves a better Met, and so do our good people who work every day to make a positive difference for Londoners.”


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