The racism crisis engulfing Scotland Yard took a new twist yesterday as a senior officer was suspended for allegedly racially abusing a man while off-duty.
A Metropolitan Police inspector was arrested on Tuesday after an incident in Barnet, North London when the off-duty officer apparently swore at an innocent bystander.
The officer has now been suspended from duty while the case is being investigated by the Metâ€™s Directorate of Professional Standards.
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It has also been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The allegation is the latest to emerge during a month in which Britainâ€™s biggest force has been rocked by accusations of racism.
There are now 12 reports of racism involving 19 officers and a civilian worker under investigation by Scotland Yard and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
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A Met spokesman said: â€˜Officers from the Metropolitan Police Serviceâ€™s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) are investigating after an alleged racist incident involving an off-duty police officer that occurred at 7.40am on Monday, 23 April in Barnet borough.
â€˜A serving officer of inspector rank, based in North London, was arrested on Tuesday 24 April by DPS in connection with the incident.
â€˜The male officer was arrested on suspicion of a Section 4 Public Order Act offence (racially aggravated words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress).
â€˜He is at present on police bail and has been suspended from duties pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.â€™
The news comes just weeks after it was announced that Alex MacFarlane is to be prosecuted for allegedly abusing a suspect.
The PC was said to have been recorded telling a 21-year-old black man he â€˜will always be a n*****â€™ during last summerâ€™s riots.
MacFarlane, a response officer based in Newham, East London, has been suspended from duty since Mauro Demetrio claimed he was abused in the back of a police van on August 10.
His recording forced senior officers to confront a backlog of outstanding racism claims within the force.
Senior Met Police officer suspended for ‘racially abusing man while off-duty’