Two female police officers have been sacked after a colleague recorded them having a conversation in which one likened black people to gorillas and monkeys.
Special Constable Rosanna Garofalo and WPC Joanna Sugda were in the changing room at Islington Police Station in March when a colleague left an iPhone on record in her locker at work.
When the recording was played back, Garofalo was heard saying that black people ‘all look the f*****g same. They all look like monkeys.’
A disciplinary hearing heard how the officer said she could never sleep with a black man and that her boyfriend wouldn’t be interested in black women as they ‘look like gorillas’.
Describing another officer, she added that she had ‘a face like a gorilla’, that she was ‘f*****g ugly’.
Sugda, 32, is believed to be heard laughing in the background after exclaiming: ‘you cant say that.’
Last night a disgraced Garofalo defended her actions saying the incident had been taken out of context.
TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT??? I would like to hear the explanation for that one!
Apart from the racial element…it’s not true-I have met many dark-skinned women that are lovely…just as many, in fact as there are light skinned…
Also… if I was a gorilla I would be very unhappy at being compared to a hewmon. I mean…gorillas don’t murder each other for a percentage do they?
This is a great story- for lots of reasons…
1. it shows us clearly that the human race has a long way to go before we are truly free of racism.
2. how puerile racism is…
3. how you have to be aware of what you say 24/7…
“You have to live – did live, from habit that became instinct – in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinize”… 1984: George Orwell.
Too true George…too true… in the town centre we have lots of CCTV and I live by that thinking.