Only 1 Percent Of Racial Discrimination Complaints Against Police Upheld
Racial discrimination incidents involving police has been a long-standing issue in the African-American community, but it’s also just as big of a problem outside of the U.S.
via Daily Mail
Less than one per cent of racism complaints are upheld against the police, new figures reveal.
Out of 7,963 allegations levelled against forces in England and Wales, just 77 have been followed through since 2005.
And 43 officers singled out for their alleged discrimination have not been disciplined.
The revelations, uncovered by a Channel 4 Dispatches programme using Freedom of Information requests, will cast doubts over the police’s repeated pledges to rid the force of racism.
The Metropolitan Police, Britain’s largest force, upheld just 20 out of 4,730 allegations of racism (0.4 per cent) between 2005 and 2012.
Greater Manchester, North Yorkshire and Lancashire upheld none of the allegations reported to them at all.
It is a damning account of police activity over the past decade despite numerous pledges to stamp out racism.
Dame Anne Owers, chair of watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), admitted the force was failing to act on complaints.
She told the programme: ‘What we’ve found when we’ve dug into the way that forces handle complaints of race discrimination and indeed discrimination in general is that they don’t do it well and the evidence seems to be that those complaints are less likely to be upheld than other kinds of complaints.’
We’re glad to see that this nonsense is getting brought to the forefront in other countries as well because this madness has GOT to stop sooner than later.
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