Officers Are Racist Admits Condon
Buncombe, Andrew, The Independent (London, England)
SIR PAUL CONDON, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, will admit that a number of his officers are intentionally racist when he appears before the Stephen Lawrence inquiry later this week.
He will also accept that other officers, who are not racially motivated, are perceived to be racist by members of the public. He will deny, however, that the force suffers from institutional racism.
Sir Paul will also announce a new training programme to counter racism in the force when he reads from a previously submitted report.
In the 10-page report submitted in July, he says: "We recognise that, in the eyes of individuals and communities in London, police action may be perceived and experienced as racist, regardless of the intent behind the actions.
"On some occasions the racist behaviour may be intentional on the part of the police officers. On other occasions, even though the racism may be unintentional, it is experienced as racism by the member of the public. Both forms of racism are wrong and must be prevented."
His admission is his clearest yet of the problem of racism within Britain's largest police force. He has previously apologised to Stephen Lawrence's parents for the failure of his officers to investigate their son's murder properly, but denied that racism was a factor.
The report focuses on three main themes: the investigation of racially motivated crime, …
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