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Met's stance on racism criticised

The race row embroiling Scotland Yard has shows little sign of abating after a number of high-profile critics spoke out against the force and investigations into 10 cases of alleged racism involving Metropolitan Police officers continued.

A former member of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry panel said blame for routine racism within the Met rested with senior officers and is more endemic than Britain's biggest force is willing to admit.

Dr Richard Stone's reported condemnation came after Superintendent Leroy Logan, of the Black Police Association, said warnings of racism at Scotland Yard have fallen on "deaf ears" for more than a decade.

They spoke after 10 complaints of alleged racism - relating to 18 officers and one member of police staff - were referred to the police watchdog.

The referrals came just days after Scotland Yard vowed to get to the bottom of "very damaging" footage of one officer apparently racially abusing a man and another allegedly assaulting a teenage boy last summer.

In total, eight officers and one member of staff at the Yard have been suspended. The Met is now working with the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate the string of allegations.

In a further damaging episode for the police service, it has emerged a Met officer faces the sack for gross misconduct after he was convicted of launching a foul-mouthed tirade at an Asian takeaway manager.

Pc Philip Juhasz, 31, hurled abuse at Pakistani Umer Nazir, 23, at the Delice de France snack kiosk at King's Cross railway station last September.

The shop manager said the off-duty officer had demanded to be sold food that was about to be thrown away for half price.

He told the Daily Mail his refusal to comply with the request was met with a racist outburst. Juhasz was convicted of a racially aggravated public order offence at Westminster Magistrates' Court on March 23, police said.


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