A total of 549 police officers are being investigated after they were accused of racism by members of the public.
A Daily Mirror investigation also found that another 42 have been accused of racist behaviour by their fellow officers. The Met in London accounts for 43%, with 223 accused, and 13 officers facing internal allegations. The freedom of information responses from 42 of 53 forces comes 10 years after the Met was accused of being “institutionally racist” in the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.
Stephen’s mum Doreen yesterday rejected claims by Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson that racism had stopped. She said: “If it no longer exists, how come all these investigations are happening? I believe it’s because police don’t admit racism exists. Unless you admit something needs fixing you’re not going to be able to fix it.”