Mar 21, 2023 at 05:26Update: 2 minutes ago
Britain’s largest police force, the Met Police, is guilty of racism, homophobia and misogyny. The London police force can no longer count on the trust of the public, according to a report published on Tuesday.
Parliamentarian Louise Casey investigated the functioning of the Met after the murder of Sarah Everard in 2021. This young London woman was raped, murdered and burned to death by a British police officer pretending to arrest her. The perpetrator was sentenced to life in prison. The murder led to great concern about the safety of women on the street.
According to Casey, a majority of Londoners have lost faith in the “male stronghold” in the police force. The corps is broken and rotten from the inside, the 363-page report says.
Women employees in the police force are constantly discriminated against, racist officers work on the force and there is a deep-seated homophobia in the organization, Casey says. The top of the corps is said to be “in denial” about this.
The Met has failed to protect the public from agents who abuse women, Casey concludes. If there is no improvement, the London police force had better be dismantled. The Met has more than 43,000 employees.
Chief Constable Mark Rowley apologizes to Londoners in a response to the BBC. “It’s horrible,” says the police chief, adding that the report triggered a whole range of emotions in him. “Anger, frustration and shame.”